An Omaha man sought to rob a marijuana dealer — and then shot him in the back during the robbery, prosecutors said Friday.

Forrest R. Cox III, 29, had met Laron Rogers, 25, on March 6, 2017, on the pretense that he wanted to purchase marijuana, prosecutor Michael Mills said.

Cox pulled a gun and robbed Rogers of $1,100, Mills said. Cox then fled in a distinctive car — a white Chevy Impala with no license plates.

Mills said witnesses are able to place Cox in the car. Cellphone records also determined that Cox’s phone “pinged” at that location at the time.

Rogers was found in critical condition in the parking lot of a north Omaha convenience store — and died at a hospital two weeks later.

Police had told family that Rogers was likely familiar with his assailant because Rogers was in a vehicle that was not his own when he was shot.

Family members have described Rogers as generous, warm and fun. He worked at a Boost Mobile cellphone store on Northwest Radial Highway. In arguing that Cox should be held without bail, Mills noted that Cox had served a four-year sentence for a robbery in October 2008. He also served time for escape.

Douglas County Judge Derek Vaughn ordered Cox held without bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 9.

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