UPDATE: Police: U City Man Charged with Murder Was Being Robbed as He Sold Marijuana

Police said Otha Liggins was robbed as he sold marijuana to Eric Gray and Orlando McLamb-Rice, and then Liggins shot Gray.

A was robbing the man who shot him, according to St. Louis County Circuit Court documents.

said in the report that Shawn N. Lackland, 21,  provided a handgun to Eric Gray Jr, 16. Police said Lackland gave the handgun to Gray so he and Orlando McLamb-Rice, 19, could rob Otha Liggins, 23, of the 7400 block of Saleen, University City.

Liggins met Gray and Rice to selling them marijuana, according to court documents. During the attempted robbery in the rear of 1089 North Hanley, Liggins shot Gray in the head, killing him, police said.

Two weapons were recovered at the scene. One handgun was found next to Gray. The second handgun is believed to be the one used to shoot Gray.

Liggins, who uses a wheelchair, has been charged with second-degree murder. His bond has been set at $200,000.

Lackland, of the 8100 block of Braddock in University City, and McLamb-Rice, of the 9700 block of Page Avenue in Overland, also have been charged with second-degree murder. Bond has been set at $100,000 for both men.

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Joe Scott June 28, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Beverly - My apologies. Lackland gave the handgun to Gray. The mistake has been corrected in the story.
Joe Scott June 28, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Good points, George. Another thing is that Liggins would have been committing a felony if he was selling marijuana when he is accused of killing Gray. That could allow a murder charge, too. I'm trying to see if that's prosecutor's line of reasoning in this, if they respond. All around, it's a terrible waste.
kim Hampton July 02, 2012 at 02:29 AM
I guess this situation ended up......Kill or be killed. It's a sad situation however you look at it. Four young lives lost (young african-american males). Families have been turned upside down due to this tragedy. It seems to be more of our young black males doing one of two things these days, either being incarcerated or eulogized. We as a community and society have got to find a way to stop this epidemic of young black men and the increase in joblessness, criminal activity, violence, incarceration and most of all "DEATH". "Life is Precious and So are They". My prayers are with all those impacted by this tragedy. We have to do better!!!
Holston Black Jr. July 02, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Kim, your comment is SPOT ON!!!!! We adults with the help of the thousands of youngsters (our communities are loaded with good children ) must accept the challenge. Americans can overcome any challenge when we put our minds to it.. U. City with it's diversity of population economically,culturally, tradesman, presidents, teachers and others has a wellspring of knowledge to draw upon. The SCHOOLS are where we will have the chance to find children ( especially in kindergarten on, with fertile minds and an openness and brightness to be educated towards achievement ). I often close my eyes and visualize the young children I have encountered in the schools, before some of them are sullied by society. That picture reminds me of how wonderful they can be and how most of them are, even as teenagers and up. We as adults must not cast them all as BAD for the many are GOOD!!!
kim Hampton July 02, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Holston, Amen, Amen......we can make a different in one's life but, our young african american males need us now!!!! The saying is true....."It takes a village"


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