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17-year-old Charged with capital murder, allegedly arranged drug deal that ended in fatal shooting

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By Lauren Sanchez, Texas Breaking News




DALLAS, Texas — A 17-year-old has been Charged with capital murder for his alleged involvement in a drug deal that left the 22-year-old son of a Dallas ISD trustee shot dead.

According to an arrest affidavit, Ladarrion Kelly was involved in the fatal shooting of Christopher Whitfield that took place August 15 in east Oak Cliff.

The shooting was reported in the 3600 block of Utah Avenue at about 1:30 a.m. that day.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found Christopher shot in the chest.

According to Dallas Morning News, Christopher died after being taken to Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

Maxie Johnson, Christopher’s father and the representative for West Dallas, Oak Lawn, Uptown and South Oak Cliff on the Dallas ISD school board, told investigators his son had been planning to meet someone called “LD” before the shooting.







The affidavit states that Christopher also received a text message with an address from a contact saved as a snake emoji.

Dallas Morning News reports an individual, whose name has been redacted from the affidavit, called Christopher and warned him that Kelly and his friends were planning to rob him.

A witness also told police he saw a group of men, including the shooter, approach Christopher to make a drug transaction.

The witness reportedly watched from the bushes as the shooter opened fire on Christopher and shot him in the chest.

Sources say the witness fired his own weapon back at the group after the victim had been shot.

The group allegedly went through Christopher’s pockets then fled the scene.

Police report Kelly made a call roughly an hour after the shooting, telling someone “that play went down wrong,” and that they should pretend they didn’t know what happened.

Two days after the shooting, Kelly went to police headquarters for a voluntary interview.

He allegedly told investigators he contacted Christopher to buy drugs and sent him an address for the transaction.

Kelly allegedly denied being involved in the robbery and claimed he ran away once someone started shooting at Christopher.

During a second interview a few days later, Kelly admitted he gave police false information and told investigators several people were at the drug deal during the shooting.

The affidavit states he insisted he did not witness the shooting.

Dallas Morning News says a warrant was issued for Kelly’s arrest after social media searches and phone records corroborate a witness account that contradicted Kelly’s testimony.

Kelly was arrested later that day and has been booked into Dallas County Jail.

His bond has been set at $500,000.

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