Monday, April 23, 2018
Public safety

Man accused of murder gets additional charge

ST. PETERSBURG – A 30-year-old man charged with murder in a drug deal that turned deadly last week also is facing an attempted murder charge.

Police said Hayward Conrad Hopkins went Friday to a house at 4313 21st St. to buy drugs.

Inside, Hopkins and Daniel Brown, 28, tried to rob two other men at gunpoint, police said.

Ryan Jaeger, 21, who rented the home, pulled out his own gun and fired at Hopkins and Brown. Brown died at the scene.

Jaeger and his friend, Charles Hernandez, 22, also were shot and taken to a hospital. Neither has life-threatening injuries, police said.

Hopkins, charged with second-degree murder in the death of Brown, on Monday was charged with attempting to murder Jaeger, according to arrest records.

Hopkins has an extensive criminal history, with charges including felony possession of a firearm, drug possession and aggravated assault, according to court records.

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