Charges: Marijuana dealer, 18, killed client who robbed him at gunpoint

The teenager has been charged with second-degree murder.
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Darrion Gresham

A teenager has been charged with the murder of a man who tried to rob him at gunpoint in a marijuana deal gone wrong.

Darrion Gresham, 18, of St. Paul, has been charged with two counts of 2nd-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Larnell Brown, 42, at around 4 p.m. on Jan. 21.

Brown was found lying in the street at University Avenue and Arundel Street, having been shot in the back allegedly by Gresham, whom he had just robbed.

According to a criminal complaint, a friend of Brown's told police they had gotten into a BMW on Maryland Avenue because they wanted to buy marijuana from Gresham.

Police were around, so they decided to go elsewhere to do the deal, stopping near the liquor store at University and Arundel.

It was there that Brown pulled a gun on Gresham, with Brown's friend doing the same, robbing Gresham of some marijuana in a bag, before taking his car keys and getting out of the car.

As they walked away, Gresham allegedly fired shots from his car, striking Brown, whose friend fired shots back at Gresham.

Brown's friend identified Gresham through a photo line-up, saying: "Dead ass it's him."

Before he collapsed, Brown gave his gun to another friend and told him to get rid of it. Police arrested this friend a short time later, and located Brown's gun.

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