The man who police say shot and killed a 15-year-old boy in Killeen earlier this month has a history of drug and weapons charges, according to court records.
Marcus Deon Brown, 23, told police he shot Courtell Jackson on Dec. 20 after Jackson shot at him and attempted to rob him.
According to Killeen police, Brown agreed to sell marijuana to Jackson, according to police reports.
During the transaction, which took place in Brown’s vehicle, Jackson pulled a firearm on Brown, attempted to rob him and fired a round at him, according to police reports.
Brown returned fire. Jackson suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, where he died.
Brown was arrested, but was not charged in connectin with Jackson’s death. Instead, Brown was arraigned on a felony charge of delivery of marijuana to a child.
Court records show that in the past, Brown was arrested five times for possession of marijuana, less than 2 ounces, between 2008 and 2011.
During one of those arrests, in July 2011, police found a 9 mm handgun under the seat of his car. He was convicted of both the drug charge and a charge of unlawful carrying of a weapon, according to court records.
The previous charges, as well as others for criminal trespassing, criminal mischief and failure to identify/provide false information are all listed as misdemeanors.
The current charge against Brown is a second-degree felony.
Brown is currently in Bell County Jail, with his bail set at $250,000.
Jackson’s funeral was held Friday. An obituary stated the 15-year-old, nicknamed “Tampa,” attended Manor Middle School for the 2013-2014 school year.
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