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.
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.