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Deputies arrest St. Petersburg man wanted in shooting of bystander

ST. PETERSBURG — A suspect wanted in the death of a man shot outside his grandmother's home is in custody, jail records show.

Deputies arrested Walter Lee Conley Owens, 24, of 895 21st Ave. S on a second-degree murder charge late Friday. He remained in the Pinellas County jail Monday morning in lieu of $500,000.

Owens is accused of shooting into a group of people during a dispute over a drug deal May 3, police said. Police say a bullet hit a 22-year-old man who had stepped out of his grandmother's home to see what was going on.

Tremell Mitchell died at Bayfront Medical Center. He had nothing to do with the dispute and was just trying to get away, according to police.

Several witnesses identified Owens as the shooter, police said Friday.

Information on where deputies located Owens was not available.

Owens has previous juvenile and adult arrests for selling and possessing cocaine and marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon, driving with a suspended or revoked license and being a felon in possession of a weapon.

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