Family of Black Man Stabbed to Death by White Man Over Parking Dispute in Minnesota Demands Accountability

Tabatha Lewis, mother of Arnell “AJ” Stewart, was overcome with emotion while speaking to the media Thursday. The family of Stewart, who was stabbed to death during a parking dispute in St. Paul in early December, held a press conference with community members and activists at Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center in St. Paul. (AARON LAVINSKY, STAR TRIBUNE)

Tabatha Lewis has not been able to bring herself to eat a full meal since Dec. 3, the day after her 27-year-old Black son was allegedly stabbed to death by a white man on St. Paul’s East Side in a dispute over a parking spot.

Arnell Jermel “AJ” Stewart died that day, her birthday, on an operating table at Regions Hospital.

By then, Brian Kjellberg, 50, had already been arrested, charged with stabbing Stewart with a sharpened piece of 1/4-inch stainless steel pipe in the 1700 block of E. 7th Street. He was charged with unintentional second-degree murder; his bail was set at $1 million. He was released on $500,000 bond days later, his bail lowered by Ramsey County District Judge Richard Kyle Jr.

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How her son’s killer could be released on $500,000 bond is among many questions plaguing Lewis. She shared as much Thursday during a news conference at the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, held alongside family and community members — the Justice for AJ Coalition — demanding Kjellberg be held accountable for Stewart’s death.

“This is so unjustified,” she said through tears. “There is no word that I could write down to explain that part.”

The coalition demands that Ramsey County Attorney John Choi pursue first-degree murder and false imprisonment charges against Kjellberg and release any video, audio and 911 call recordings to the family. It also asks that the FBI investigate Stewart’s killing as a hate crime, just as it did in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.

According to the complaint against Kjellberg:

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SOURCE: Minnesota Star Tribune, Christina Saint Louis

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