A jury is deciding the fate of a teen accused of killing a Waterloo man during a 2017 marijuana robbery. 18-year old Quintarius Brown is charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree murder. Prosecutor Brad Walz said Brown and others had gone to Cedric “Skee” Craft’s Courtland Street home on the night of Dec. 11, 2017, pretending to be interested in buying marijuana from him. Brown then told Craft to hand over everything he had and shot him in the face.
Defense attorney Matthew Hoffey said Brown is innocent and attacked the credibility of the state’s witnesses, especially that of alleged accomplice Terrion Gamblin, who pleaded to a conspiracy charge and testified against Brown. Gamblin, who was 14 at the time and the only other person charged in the crime so far, told jurors he waited across the street and acted as a lookout while Brown and an unidentified uncle entered the house.
Walz said that apart from Gamblin’s testimony, there was other evidence implicating Brown, who was 16 at the time, in the fatal shooting. Brown had told friends he “smoked” somebody and had them drive past the scene to see the police response when they doubted him. Brown also had allegedly told others that Craft had pulled a knife, apparently to defend himself during the robbery, and police found a knife in Craft’s pocket.
Hoffey pointed out that there was no evidence at the scene that implicated Brown, and he downplayed the social media messaging evidence.
Hoffey also noted officers who responded to the shooting briefly approached two other people coming from the area but the released them without further investigation.