Reporter | Hennepin County Courts

Chao Xiong is the Hennepin County Courts reporter for the Star Tribune. He previously worked as a Ramsey County, state and Minneapolis general assignment reporter.

Xiong is a native of Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa, where he worked on the college paper, The Daily Iowan, for four years.


St. Paul man expected to get nearly 50 years in prison for killing pregnant woman and baby

Zachary V. Robinson, 27, pleaded guilty Thursday in Hennepin County District Court to two counts of second-degree murder.


St. Paul man convicted in 1991 Minneapolis murder

DNA evidence linked Donald C. Jenkins Jr. to the crime.


Hennepin County prosecutor to end bail for several low-level offenses

Critics say the policy, which goes into effect Jan. 1., won't result in meaningful change.


Prosecutors challenge livestreaming of Floyd trial, arguing it could limit testimony

Prosecutors ask judge in Floyd killing to rescind order allowing recording.


Mike Freeman offers to cut Myon Burrell's prison term by 15 years

The offer would not affect a life term with the possibility of parole.


Judge rejects Chauvin divorce agreement, citing possible fraud

A divorce settlement that would have given most of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s assets to his wife was rejected by a judge who…


Three finalists named for Hennepin County chief public defender

Three finalists for Hennepin County chief public defender have been selected for interviews next month.The Minnesota Board of Public Defense announced the finalists Thursday: Kassius…


Charges: Minneapolis victim identified shooter before dying

A Minneapolis man used his dying breath to identify the friend who shot him in October, according to murder charges filed Wednesday.Brent D. Buchan, 23,…


Mpls. officer admits to using 'deception' to question, arrest alleged murder accomplice

Investigator admits using "deception" to question the defendant.By CHAO XIONG chao.xiong@startribune.com


Charges: Former probation officer abused job to aid murder suspect

Prosecutors link Elsa Segura to Dec. 31 murder.