Two Rosedale men were indicted Thursday on murder and other charges in what authorities say was a botched drug-related robbery that claimed the life of a Rosedale teenager who had accompanied them to Baton Rouge to buy marijuana.
Police have said Jarvis Dawson, 21, Larry Scott Jr., 18, and their cousin, Marvin Lewis, 17, drove to the 1600 block of North 49th Street on Oct. 28 to purchase the marijuana, but when Scott and Lewis bought the drugs, they questioned whether they had received the correct amount.
The dealer sent a boy down the street to get a scale, according to an affidavit of probable cause, at which point Scott and Lewis drew guns and robbed the man of $300 and took $70 from a second person.
When the boy returned, the affidavit says, Lewis pointed his gun at him and said, “What up?” Fearing for his life, the boy pulled out a gun and fired several times at Lewis, killing him and wounding Dawson in the leg, the affidavit states.
Dawson and Scott, both of 76790 Rosedale Road, were charged Thursday by an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury with second-degree murder, two counts of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of juveniles.
East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said the juvenile who allegedly fatally shot Lewis was not charged in the indictment. Moore said he could not discuss whether the juvenile was charged in juvenile court, but he did say the boy would have been able to argue he fired the gun in defense of himself and others.
The grand jury also indicted the alleged drug dealer — Ed Kyles Lee III, 27, 1663 N. 49th St. — on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Lee is one of the men Dawson and Scott are accused of robbing.
Lee allegedly gave the boy the gun, Moore said, but not with instructions to kill.
The case has been assigned to state District Judge Beau Higginbotham.