A third person has been charged in the fatal shooting of a Tacoma man last month.
Jonathan Turner, 31, pleaded not guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the death of 35-year-old Larnell Griffin. Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set his bail at $2 million.
David “Beasty” Turner and Thomas Sterling Potts, known as “Smoke,” were charged with second-degree murder in connection to the April 15 shooting.
David Turner was found and arrested in California and has not yet been arraigned. Potts pleaded not guilty. Both are 35.
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Charging papers give this account:
The three men showed up at Griffin’s apartment in the 4000 block of South Lawrence Street, and Potts pointed a gun at him because of an argument about cellphones.
Potts and Griffin struggled for the gun. During the scuffle, Potts shot Griffin in the chest.
Detectives identified Potts and David Turner, but only recently learned who the third suspect was. David Turner was found in California and provided a statement identifying Jonathan Turner.
Court records don’t indicate how or if the two Turners are related.
Police found Jonathan Turner in jail on unrelated drug charges. He allegedly had methamphetamine with him at a casino last month while on parole, according to court records.