Four arrested and charged in killing of Minnetonka High School student in St. Paul

Minnetonka High School junior Samantha Burnette, 16, was shot and killed Sept. 25 in St. Paul. Four people have been charged in connection to her murder and aggravated robbery. (Photo courtesy of St. Paul Police Department) Bobo Calloway Harris Smith
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Minnetonka High School junior Samantha Burnette, 16, was shot and killed Sept. 25 in St. Paul. Four people have been charged in connection to her murder and aggravated robbery. (Photo courtesy of St. Paul Police Department)

Four people have been charged in connection to the murder of 16-year-old Minnetonka High School junior Samantha Burnette, who was shot and killed Sept. 25 in an apparent armed robbery in St. Paul.

According to a criminal complaint, Christopher Rayshawn Calloway, 32, of South St. Paul, has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one of aggravated first-degree robbery. Calloway’s bail is set at $2 million. Calloway has eight prior felony convictions including an armed robbery and aggravated battery with great bodily harm in Illinois. In 2013, he pleaded guilty in Dakota County to being a felon in possession of a firearm and to motor vehicle theft, and was sentenced to five years in prison. Calloway was placed on a supervised release on Aug. 15.

Kalisa Chardale Smith, 29, of South St. Paul, has been charged with one count of second-degree murder, one count of second-degree murder without intent while committing a felony and one count of first-degree aggravated robbery. Smith’s bail is set at $1 million. Smith’s history includes more than a dozen traffic violations, drunken driving charges and possession of marijuana.

Davonte Bobo, 24, of West St. Paul, has been charged with one count of second-degree murder with intent-not premeditated, one count of second-degree murder without intent while committing a felony and one count of first-degree aggravated robbery. He is being held on a $2 million bail. He has a prior conviction for first-degree aggravated robbery and pending felony charges in Olmsted County for soliciting an undercover officer posing as a prostitute.

Vincent Reanell Harris, 29, of St. Paul, has been charged with one count of second-degree murder with intent but not premeditated, one count of second-degree murder without intent while committing a felony and one count of first-degree aggravated robbery. His bail is set at $1 million. Harris has had five prior felony convictions.

Samantha Burnette (Photo courtesy of Bonni Boudreau)
Samantha Burnette (Photo courtesy of Bonni Boudreau)

According to the criminal complaints Burnette, her sister Brittany Rock, 20, and Smith were driving around. They talked and Rock was drinking on the evening of Sept. 24 in Smith’s vehicle.

Rock was driving, while Smith was in the front passenger seat and Burnette was sitting behind her sister. Later that evening the women picked up Rock’s friend, who sat in the rear passenger seat.

Burnette, who lived with her grandmother in Minnetonka, was spending the weekend with her mother and sister, who are St. Paul residents.

Bobo allegedly told officials that he was with Calloway and Harris, at Harris’ father’s house. He said that Smith either texted or called Calloway around 3-4 a.m. saying she was with a group of girls who had money on them and that they should rob them. Smith admitted to officials that she knew the women were going to be robbed.

At 7 a.m. that morning, Smith said she had to meet someone so they drove to the alley of the 700 block of Sims Avenue, St. Paul. Smith left the vehicle running and said she would be right back. Burnette was in the back sleeping.

According to Bobo, during this time Calloway said that Smith’s car was outside and that they should go out to it. Harris and Bobo followed. Allegedly Calloway and Bobo were armed with semi-automatic handguns while Harris was not armed.

According to the statement to police, Calloway jumped into the front passenger seat, while Bobo stood outside the rear passenger side door with his gun pointed inside the vehicle, while Smith and Harris stood outside the vehicle.

Harris said he heard he heard a woman in the car ask, “What are you doing?”

Calloway allegedly demanded that Rock hand over any valuables and she told him she didn’t have anything. He took her phone and then pistol-whipped Rock. Rock’s friend told Calloway she didn’t have anything and she had her phone taken. Burnette woke up during this time. Rock then fled from the car.

Burnette took a bottle and struck Calloway who allegedly shot her. Bobo also fired his weapon from the window. Officials reported that Burnette was shot multiple times by the two guns.

As Rock was fleeing the car she reported hearing a gunshot and she hid behind a garage. Smith and Calloway fled in the vehicle and Bobo and Harris fled the area on-foot and ran back to Harris’ father’s house.

Rock’s friend told investigators that she saw Bobo shoot Burnette. She said she believed Burnette was shot 2-3 times. She does not remember how Burnette got out of the vehicle, if it was on her own or she had helped. The friend fled the vehicle from Burnette’s side of the vehicle.

Bobo reported that he believed that he shot Burnette once and Calloway shot her twice.

Burnette was been shot in the chest and was pronounced dead by responding medical crews at 7:33 a.m. Burnette’s death was ruled a homicide by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner.

Officers later located Smith’s vehicle, which had been crashed into a guard rail near Mississippi Street and Jasmine Avenue East.

Later that morning, Smith called 911 reporting she was a victim of a domestic assault involving her boyfriend, Calloway. Smith was arrested at her home and Calloway was arrested at another South St. Paul residence. The owner of the residence said Calloway admitted to robbing and murdering someone and that he needed to lay low. The owner also reported that Calloway had a lump on his head.

A fund has been created for the Burnette family. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank (use the Burnette family name), via online banking for Wells Fargo Bank customers (account #1422246015), or may be dropped at or mailed to Minnetonka High School, 18301 Highway 7, Minnetonka, MN 55345.

Contact Paige Kieffer at [email protected]