Deputies say an $80 marijuana deal led to the deadly shooting of a 19-year-old earlier this month near Powell High School.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office says Jorge Manuel Ortiz, 21, and Cameron Brewer, 18 have each been charged with first degree murder and attempted second degree murder. Each are being held on $1 million bond. Additionally, a 16-year-old has been charged with felony murder and attempted felony murder.
Deputies say the incident began on October 6 when Lucas Halliburton, 20 bought $80 in marijuana from Ortiz using fake money. Ortiz then tried to lure Halliburton and the driver of the vehicle, Cameron Smith, 19, to Ammons Street on October 10 to try to recoup his money. When Halliburton and Smith drove up, they saw several people around a black Mustang and decided to drive away.
The Mustang followed and started shooting at the Chrysler Sebring that Smith was driving. The car stopped in the 2500 block of East Emory where Smith was pronounced dead. Halliburton was treated for gunshot wounds.
Smith’s friend Brendan Collins has been remembering the good times.
“Sometimes we would go to the gym and we would work out, and sometimes we would go to the gym and we’d just end up sitting in my car or his truck just talking for two hours,” he said.
Family friend Tammie Smith says closure doesn’t feel like the right word to use at a time like this.
“I feel like the word closure can’t really be used because when you lose someone so young that had a bright future ahead of him. You’re going to mourn that for quite awhile.”
“My friend did not deserve to go out like that and honestly I hope they punish them to the fullest extent of the law,” said Collins.
Deputies say Smith was not involved in the drug deal and likely had no knowledge it had even happened.
“It’s like I said earlier today, when something like that comes out, is that really your friend?” said Smith.
News of the arrests is giving Cameron’s friends a small piece of mind.
“I was over the moon,” said Collins. “Like I said, he was my best friend in the whole world and finding out that there’s finally justice for what happened to him, I don’t want to say it makes it better but it makes it easier.”
It is not yet known if any charges will be filed against Halliburton.