Trial set in fatal Minnesota gas station shooting 16 Dec 14

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Attorneys have failed to reach a plea deal for a Minneapolis man accused of fatally shooting his ex-boyfriend at a gas station and then becoming the subject of a monthlong manhunt.

Forty-four-year-old Lyle “Ty” Hoffman appeared in Ramsey County court Monday on one count of second-degree intentional murder.

Hoffman is charged with shooting 48-year-old Kelly Phillips, an attorney and Boston Scientific vice president, on Aug. 11 at an Arden Hills gas station.

The Star Tribune reports the judge said attorneys had failed to reach a “resolution,” or plea deal, in the case.

Hoffman’s trial is set for Feb. 17. Attorneys declined to answer questions after the hearing.

Hoffman eluded police for a month before being arrested Sept. 11 after a tipster spotted him outside a fast-food restaurant in Shakopee.

Information in the following story is from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com