Third suspect arrested in Craigslist car robbery, shooting death - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Third suspect arrested in Craigslist car robbery, shooting death

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Brandon Vance, 21, is locked up in the Shelby County Jail on first-degree murder charges. Brandon Vance, 21, is locked up in the Shelby County Jail on first-degree murder charges.
Larry Wilkins, 37, was shot and killed in the parking lot of his apartment complex at the Sycamore Lake apartments. Larry Wilkins, 37, was shot and killed in the parking lot of his apartment complex at the Sycamore Lake apartments.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Three suspects are now charged in connection to the shooting death of a man who was trying to sell his car on Craigslist.

According to Memphis Police Department, two of the suspects, Brandon Vance, 21, and a 17-year-old, were arrested and charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the perpetration of a robbery. The third suspect, a 17-year-old boy, was located Wednesday and is now also charged. Action News 5 does not disclose the name of suspects under the age of 18 unless they are charged as adults. A judge must make that determination in this case.

The shooting happened at Sycamore Lake Apartments on Monday, March 10. Investigators believe Larry Wilkins, 37, was contacted by someone who expressed interest in buying his 2006 Ford Mustang that was listed on Craigslist. When he met the caller, Wilkins was shot and his car was stolen. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

According to the online post, Wilkins was asking $5,000 for the car.

According to an affidavit of complaint, Vance told investigators that he and two other people planned to meet Wilkins and steal his car. Vance set up the meeting with Wilkins by talking to him and texting him with a cell phone. Vance told police he was supposed to distract Wilkins while the other two people involved took the car. He admitted to running from the scene after Wilkins was shot.

"The family is devastated. The family is just heartbroken that they're having to go through this," said Claiborne Ferguson, who is the defense attorney for one of the 17-year-old suspects. "They're holding together. They're strong."

A judge ordered the teen be held at juvenile court without bond. The state filed a notice of its intent to seek his transfer to adult court at 201 Poplar.

The second teen arrested is due in juvenile court Thursday.

All three suspects are locked up without bond.

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