A man Pierce County prosecutors say was an accomplice in the fatal shooting of a man over cellphones pleaded not guilty Thursday to second-degree murder.
David Turner, 35, is charged in the April 15 slaying of Larnell Griffin, also 35. A warrant for his arrest was issued April 24 and he was arrested May 2 in California. On Thursday, he was ordered jailed in lieu of $5 million bail.
Also charged in the case are Thomas Sterling Potts Jr., 35, and Jonathan Turner, 31. Both have pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.
Police said Potts was the shooter and the Turners were accomplices. It’s unclear whether the Turners are related.
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According to charging papers, the three men went to Griffin’s apartment in the 4000 block of South Lawrence Street and during an argument about cellphones, Potts pointed a gun at Griffin.
The men struggled over the gun and Potts shot Griffin once in the chest, prosecutors allege.