Howard Porter, who was employed as a county probation officer, disappeared on May 18, 2007. He was found severely beaten in a Minneapolis, Minnesota alley in the early morning hours of May 19 and died on May 26 of injuries sustained during the assault.
Local police arrested a 33-year-old woman named Tanya Washington in connection with the murder. Washington was later released by police, stating that there was not enough evidence to file charges against her. On September 4, police announced that they had arrested and charged Rashad Arthur Raleigh with Porter's murder. Raleigh is now serving a life sentence for the crime.