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Current, Brown & Huotari MN 09-10-2004

Casandra Current, 26
Renee Brown, 44
Wayne Huotari, 61
MN, Minneapolis
September 10, 2004
Cassandra is remembered by her aunt, Karo Adolfino: “She was very softhearted. She’d cry over a TV commercial.”

“If we had known [about the abuse], we would have intervened,” said Cassandra’s uncle, Bill Lamoreaux.

Renee’s family remembered her as someone happiest when she was taking care of her garden or grilling her famous chicken.

Wayne worked for Willman Trucking for many years and was remembered by neighbors as a kind man.

Police found a horrifying sight when they arrived at a North Minneapolis home, finding a 62 year-old man stabbed to death in his front yard and two women stabbed to death in the basement, Casandra, and her mother, Renee Brown, 44. The man was identified as Brown’s stepfather, Wayne Huotari.

Nine days before the murder, Current’s boyfriend, Bryant Jones, 31, assaulted her. The day after, Current reported to police that he had sexually assaulted her. Jones was wanted on a warrant for the assaults at the time of the murder. He had lived with Casandra’s family until he sexually assaulted her.

Friends and family reported that Jones was an extremely violent man who had assaulted Casandra numerous times.

In 2002, an ex-girlfriend of Jones stated that he strangled her and she served him with a protective order.

In February 2003, he pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary of his ex-girlfriend’s home and violating the protection order.

Instead of being sentenced the recommended 38 months in prison, Jones was ordered to complete chemical dependency treatment and one year in the workhouse, according to Hennepin County court records. Jones spent only 6 months in the workhouse.

Minneapolis police said they had offered to take Casandra to a shelter. She declined because she was afraid Jones would harm her family if she went to a battered women’s shelter.

Bryant Jones was convicted of 12 counts of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to 3 consecutive life sentences.

Source: - Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women - Femicide Reports - 2004 Femicide Report - Strangulation and Women and Children Murdered In Minnesota, 1989-2005​​​​ - Women and Children Murdered in Minnesota, 1988-2006​​​​​​​​

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