Update (April 19, 2021): Minnesota resident Anthony Trifiletti has been convicted of second-degree murder in the May killing of Douglas Lewis according to a statement sent to Blavity from the Ramsey County Attorney's Office.

Lewis and Trifiletti, 25, had gotten into a fender bender on May 1, leading to a verbal dispute. After the two men went back into their cars, Trifiletti seemingly followed Lewis. Following another verbal altercation, Trifiletti claimed he saw Lewis throw up gang signs before fatally shooting the 39-year-old. 

"While we are grateful that justice has been delivered in this matter, our hearts go to the family and friends of Douglas Lewis whose life was unjustifiably taken by the defendant," Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said in a statement obtained by Blavity. "I want to thank my staff and the Saint Paul Police Department for their hard work on this case."

A mistrial was initially declared in early March following a hung jury and prosecutors decided to retry the case. Trifiletti's sentencing is scheduled for June 2. 

Update (March 15, 2021): Just days after a Minnesota judge declared a mistrial in the case of Anthony Trifiletti who pursued and then killed a Black man following a minor fender bender, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office announced its plans for a retrial. 

Trifilleiti shot and killed Douglas Lewis on May 1, 2020, after the two got into a car crash following an argument, according to Ramsey County Attorney's Office. Trifiletti claimed self-defense.

Lewis had several gunshot wounds and was taken to the hospital where he later died from injuries sustained from the shooting. Trifiletti was charged with second-degree murder and is being held in police custody with bail conditions unchanged, according to a statement shared with Blavity. The charge carries a maximum of 40 years.

According to Ramsey County Attorney's Office, no weapon was found on Lewis when police arrived. 

Original (March 12, 2021): A Minnesota judge declared a mistrial in the case of Anthony James Trifiletti, who was on trial for second-degree murder after shooting 39-year-old Douglas Lewis during a traffic incident in May 2020, according to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office.

Dennis Gerhardstein, public information officer for the county attorney, explained to Blavity in a statement that the office is currently deliberating how it will proceed after the jury could not agree on verdict. 

"After much deliberation, a Ramsey County jury could not reach a verdict in the case involving Anthony Trifiletti. He remains in custody with bail conditions unchanged per the order of a Ramsey County judge," Gerhardstein told Blavity. "The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office will decide in the coming days whether to pursue a new trial in this matter after we have a chance to better understand the jury’s decision," he added. 

As Blavity previously reported, Trifiletti allegedly got into an argument with Lewis during a minor fender bender in St. Paul, Minnesota, shooting him four times, claiming he did it in self-defense. 

Trifiletti told police that two men pulled to the side of the road after the accident on May 1 and that he took photos of the damage before asking for insurance information. The two began to argue and eventually got back into their respective vehicles. 

According to the Star Tribune, Trifiletti then "unintentionally" followed Lewis before the two pulled over again. 

No gun was found on Lewis, according to KSTP, but Trifiletti said he saw him reach into his waistband and was afraid for his life before he fired six shots at Lewis. Four shots hit Lewis and he died at a local hospital, according to Fox9. 

Witnesses disputed Trifiletti's retelling of what happened, specifically refuting Trifiletti's accusations that Lewis was armed and that he yelled out a gang affiliation before the shooting. 

As the witnesses tried to save Lewis' life, Trifiletti fled the scene, only returning after calling his father, who advised him to go back to the scene of the crime. 

"White people can get away with killing a Black man by saying they were afraid. He has brought great pain to my family," Valerie Lewis, sister of the deceased, told the Star Tribune last year. 

The 25-year-old was later charged with second-degree murder and was facing up to 40 years in prison before the mistrial was declared, according to CBS44. 

His trial started last month, and Valerie told Fox9 that she was hoping people would remember her brother. 

"I just want to be acknowledged. I just want everybody, whoever is in that room, I want them to know that yes, we are here. We are here. We are Dougie’s voice. We’re the voice for Dougie. I just want him to tell the truth," she said.

During the trial, Trifiletti reiterated that he believed Lewis had a gun, attempting to justify his decision to shoot him multiple times. But prosecutors said Lewis repeatedly tried to deescalate the situation before being killed. 

“Granted, it’s a few feet, but the evidence shows that Doug Lewis got into his car and started to drive away,” Murphy said.

“He was deescalating the situation,”  Ramsey County Assistant Attorney Jake Murphy said during closing arguments, according to Pioneer Press. 

“Lewis wouldn’t give in and stood his ground and probably had some choice words, but he never hit [Trifiletti], never touched him, didn’t scratch him, didn’t spit on him, the defendant testified,” Murphy said.

The Star Tribune reported last year that another family harmed by Trifiletti, that of 45-year-old Ricardo Torres, attended his bail hearing, astonished that another family was suffering from a devastating loss at the hands of the 25-year-old. 

In 2019, Trifiletti crashed his motorcycle into Torres' vehicle. He died as a result of the incident, but Trifiletti was never charged. 

"We are currently considering our next steps in this case, which will include discussing those steps with the family of Mr. Lewis," Gerhardstein told Blavity. 

Correction: an earlier version of this article stated prosecutors declared a mistrial. AnRamsey County judge was responsible for declaring the mistrial.