Three arrested, including two teens, in Alabama drug-deal gone wrong murder

Source: City of Valley Police Department, MEGA

Jul. 28 2021, Published 8:02 p.m. ET

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Three people have been arrested in connection with murder after a teenage plot to turn a drug deal into a robbery went awry, police said.

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Robyn Yvonne Jones, 18, Vincent Ray Tiller, 21, and Jacob Christian Moedl, 19, told police they set up a drug deal with the victim with the intention of robbing him, according to the Valley, Alabama, police.

On July 17, investigators responded to calls of a shooting and found Antavious Lawenton Sharpe, 23, dead.

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Witnesses positively identified Jones as the driver of the vehicle involved in the shooting and reported there was a white or light-skinned male in the front passenger seat and a Black male in the rear seat, according to Valley police.

When the warrant on Jones was entered, detectives were contacted by investigators in Griffin, Georgia, and learned that Jones and her boyfriend, Tiller, had allegedly been involved in a shooting there on July 10.

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After Jones and Tiller were arrested in Louisiana, they both admitted they had set up a deal with Sharpe to buy marijuana with the intention of robbing him and that a white man named Jacob shot him, according to police.

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Moedl admitted to being in the vehicle at the time of the shooting but started that Tiller had pulled the trigger, police said.

Jones and Tiller were arrested on July 24 and are in custody in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, pending extradition back to Alabama. Moedl was arrested in Notasulga on July 26 and is currently in the Chambers County Detention Facility.

All three suspects have been charged with capital murder.


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