Suspected shooter of Jay Boughton on Hwy. 169 in Plymouth now accused of 1st degree murder

Jamal Smith
Jamal Smith, 33 of Chicago, is accused of killing Jay Boughton in a road-rage incident on Highway 169 this past summer. Photo credit (Photo: Hennepin County Jail)

The man accused of killing a youth baseball coach on Highway 169 this summer has been indicted by a Hennepin County Grand Jury of first degree murder.

33-year old Jamal Smith had already been charged with second degree murder and aiding an offender as an accomplice after the fact.

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Prosecutors say Smith shot and killed Jay Boughton while he was returning home with his son from a baseball game. They also say the more serious charge is warranted for a number of reasons, including the fact that Smith is a repeat violent offender and that his actions created a "greater than normal danger" to the safety of others.

Smith's bond has been raised to $3.5 million. He's scheduled to make a court appearance on the enhanced charge Friday afternoon.