It started out as a simple drug deal.
On April 6, Devaughn Griffin and LaMichael Fewell went to an apartment near 83rd Street and Underwood Avenue to sell marijuana to Caprina Smith, the sister of Griffin's girlfriend.
When it was over, Smith's boyfriend, Jer'ray Moore, was dead — killed by a single gunshot wound to his stomach.
Police and prosecutors said Monday that Griffin pulled the trigger because he was angry that Moore had beaten up Smith during an argument the same evening.
Griffin, 22, is charged with first-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony. Fewell, also 22, is charged with second-degree murder.
After he sold marijuana to Smith, Griffin, Fewell and another man were outside the Cherry Tree Apartments and getting ready to leave when they heard Smith screaming, Officer Ryan Davis testified in court.
The men left and went to Griffin's apartment near 108th and Pratt Streets to get his “burner” — his gun. They returned to Smith and Moore's place and went inside.
At some point Moore entered the room and said, “What's up?” or “Watch out” to Griffin. Fewell told Davis that Griffin at that point “retrieved a gun from his waistband and fired.”
Witnesses initially told police that Fewell was the gunman. But they changed their stories once police caught up with Fewell and interviewed him.
Both men turned themselves in to authorities after arrest warrants were issued.
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