A 25-year-old man has been charged with the July 2022 murder of his mother during a shooting in Apple Valley involving the woman’s ex-boyfriend, Dakota County authorities said Friday.
Billy Joe Pryor Jr. was charged this week with one count of second-degree murder (intentional/unintentional) in the slaying of his mother, Michelle McGill, 49, of Apple Valley, according to the Dakota County prosecutor, Kathy Keena.
The mother’s ex-boyfriend, Willie John Selmon II, 40, of Apple Valley, was also charged this week with second-degree murder (intentional/unintentional) in the murder.
Keena’s office gave the following details:
On July 10, 2022, police responding to a 911 call about gunshots found McGill dead near a vehicle in front of an Apple Valley home in the 900 block of Oriole Drive. He was shot in the thigh, chest and multiple times in the lower abdomen, according to the criminal complaint.
When officers arrived, they said, they saw Pryor running toward the vehicle and her mother.
Not long after, Selmon, who had left the scene, arrived at the Burnsville hospital with gunshot wounds to the head.
He told police that he had recently separated from McGill after a long-term relationship in which they had shared a house. Earlier, she had gone to the house to look for some of her belongings. When she arrived and parked, she found McGill and Pryor sitting in separate vehicles in the driveway.
At one point, Pryor, still in his vehicle after moving it next to Selmon’s, told Selmon, still in his vehicle, that he had a gun.
Selmon said Pryor then fired the gun at him, hitting him in the face. Selmon told police that, armed with his own gun, he got out of his vehicle and ran in front of McGill’s vehicle, waiting for Pryor to stop shooting since his mother was between them.
At that point, authorities said, Pryor got out of his vehicle and the two men engaged in a shootout before Pryor fled with Selmon shooting as he pursued the younger man.
McGill, who was in his vehicle, was shot 10 times, according to the autopsy.
On Thursday, Selmon’s bail was set at $1 million. His next appearance is on May 15 in Hastings.
Pryor appeared in court Friday and his bond was set at $100,000. He is scheduled to return to court on May 3.