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3 facing second-degree murder charges in deadly drug deal

On Nov. 13, it was reported that two Minnesota teenagers were facing charges after a 17-year-old was killed during an alleged drug deal. A third person was subsequently taken into custody by the authorities.

On Nov. 10, authorities were reportedly called to a residence located near the 141st and Palm Street intersection in Andover. Neighbors reportedly heard screeching tires and allegedly saw a body on the ground. The 17-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. It was originally thought to be a hit-and-run incident, though investigators reportedly realized quickly that this was not the case.

Authorities reportedly received tips from the student body at the Andover High School that the deceased man had been selling marijuana earlier on Snapchat. It appeared that the three individuals attempted to take the drugs without paying. The deceased man was struck while attempting to stop them from leaving. The three individuals involved in the incident were identified as a 16-year-old student, a 17-year-old student and 20-year-old man. All three individuals were charged with second-degree murder for the death of the 17-year-old student.

Those facing vehicular homicide charges could face serious consequences if they are convicted. For example, second-degree murder charges could result in consequences that include several years in prison. For young individuals, the consequences could have a major impact on their lives as it could prevent them from furthering their education and giving them a chance to grow up in functioning society. A criminal law attorney may utilize a number of different defense strategies that could result in a more lenient sentence or a dismissal of the charges altogether.

Source: CBS Minnesota, "Third Suspect Arrested, Charges Filed In Andover Murder", Reg Chapman, Nov. 13, 2017

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