A 35-year-old man wanted in connection to the fatal shooting of another man inside a Tacoma apartment over a disagreement about cell phones was arrested Tuesday night.
Thomas Sterling Potts Jr., also known as “Smoke,” pleaded not guilty in Pierce County Superior Court Wednesday. Judge Phillip Sorensen ordered Potts jailed in lieu of $2 million bail.
Prosecutors last week charged him with second-degree murder in the April 16 death of Larnell Griffin, 33.
Griffin was found inside an apartment at South 40th and Lawrence streets about 1:45 a.m. with a gunshot wound to the chest.
A witness told police Potts and two men came to Griffin’s apartment to discuss an earlier disagreement about cell phones.
Potts pointed a handgun at Griffin according to charging papers.
The men struggled over the gun and Potts allegedly shot Griffin.