UGLY: Self-Defense Killing @ Drug Deal
Man shot to death Tuesday was robbing someone when he was killed
By Alexis Huicochea
Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 08.21.2008
A 20-year-old man who was shot to death outside of a Midtown apartment complex Tuesday was robbing someone when he was killed, court documents show.
Wayne Anthony Johnson and Jonathan A. Mantzaridis, 32, were involved in a heroin drug deal that went bad outside of a complex in the 2800 block of North Mountain Avenue shortly after noon.
The shooter has not been located but Mantzaridis and two other women have been arrested in connection with the slaying, Tucson police said.
Mantzaridis was arrested on a charge of first-degree murder. By law, a person can be arrested under the felony murder rule if a death occurs during the commission of another felony.
He admitted to police that he participated in arranging the drug deal, according to an interim complaint. Another court document states that he has a history of violent behavior, drug use and alcohol abuse.
Meghann E. Allen, 22, was arrested on charges of hindering prosecution and possession of a narcotic drug ó heroin.
Allen removed the heroin from Johnsonís body after the shooting, according to an interim complaint.
Candice M. Devor, 27, was also arrested on a charge of hindering prosecution.
Police say she removed a cell phone from Johnsonís body after the shooting because the phone belonged to a suspect, an interim complaint said. She lied about having the cell phone and about her knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the shooting, police said.
The phone was found on her body.
According to online court records, all three suspects have been arrested in past on various charges.
Mantzaridis has been arrested previously on charges of assault, threatening, disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia, aggravated assault, criminal trespass and a marijuana violation amongst other things.
Allen has faced charges of criminal damage, disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Devor has been arrested on disorderly conduct, assault, shoplifting and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Mantzaridis and Devor remained in the Pima County jail Thursday.
Well, it's muddled; story still developing. Looks like a drug deal interrupted by a robbery. Drug dealer kills robber... charged with felony murder. One BG dead, other BG charged with murder... could be worse, eh?