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3 Young Michigan men face life in prison drug deal goes awry

January 22, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
3 Young Michigan men face life in prison drug deal goes awry

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Authorities in Michigan say three young men could be spending the rest of their lives in prison after two people were fatally shot during an apparent drug deal turned deadly.

On Wednesday, Austin Cooper, 21, and Jordan Garcia-Tinoco and Giovanni Mccaa, both 17, were arraigned on murder and weapons charges in connection with the slaying of Cahla Richardson, 23, and Justin Flores, 34 during a drug deal that went awry.

Bond was rejected for all three suspects.

According to the Oakland Press,  detectives said the violent dispute occurred around 11 p.m. on January 13th in Michigan. Officers responded to the scene after receiving a call about shots fired. The caller told authorities one suspect had fled east and another fled westbound.

When the police arrived, another witness said that he used his vehicle to hit one of the suspects as he escaped, but the suspect managed to flee.

A K-9 unit was dispatched to the scene and searched for the suspects. A track was established but was stopped once that it was learned that the suspects were picked up by a car.

Austin Cooper, Giovanni Mccaa, Jordan Garcia-Tinoco (Photos from Oakland County Sheriff’s Office)

Inside of the residence, authorities discovered Richardson and Flores both suffering from multiple gunshot injuries. Paramedics were not able to revive either of the victims, and they were pronounced dead.

Officers also found a man who was upstairs during the shooting and two children who were inside of the home, but none were hurt.

Police learned that the shooting took place during a marijuana deal that was organized by the suspects and Flores. Investigators were able to ascertain the suspects’ identities and all three were arrested the next morning.

The semi-automatic handgun officers believe was used in the crime was also found.

Although Garcia-Tinoco and Mccaa have clean criminal records, authorities said Cooper is no stranger to the justice system. His record dates back to 2014 and includes convictions of possession, disorderly conduct, operating while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance.

All three suspects are scheduled to appear back in court February 1st.

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