Dequarius Richardson, 17, and a 16-year-old accomplice appeared in Columbus Recorder’s Court last week to face charges of felony murder, WLTZ reported.
Both are being charged as adults, but Judge Julius Hunter requested the 16-year-old’s identity not be mentioned because of his juvenile status.
Columbus Police found 26-year-old Javante Jackson with a shotgun blast to his abdomen outside his apartment on New Year’s Eve, WLTZ reported.
Police say Richardson had escorted Jackson away from his apartment that evening to make a marijuana deal. An investigator told the judge that Richardson fatally shot Jackson for 7 grams of marijuana – valued around $70 – and that the juvenile drove a getaway car belonging to Richardson’s father.
“He’s shaken up. He’s facing serious charges but we’ve got to remember he’s 17, he’s still a kid,” Ralston Jarrett, Richardson’s attorney, told reporters. “He may look like a grown man but he’s still a kid.”
Richardson remains in Muscogee County Jail without bond. The 16-year-old remains in custody at the youth detention center. Both have been charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Fox News has reached out to Jarrett with a request for comment.