Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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St. Petersburg woman charged with murder in Pinellas Park shooting

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PINELLAS PARK — A St. Petersburg woman is facing a first degree murder charge for allegedly setting up a drug deal that resulted in a fatal shooting Friday, police said Tuesday afternoon.

Mariah Jordan Bell, 22, was arrested Monday morning by Pinellas Park police. She reportedly admitted to detectives that she orchestrated a drug deal on Friday that ended with the killing of Gerald Way, 24, outside a home on 69th Avenue N, according to an arrest report.

Officers responded to 5021 69th Ave. N shortly before 1 a.m. Friday. Way had been shot once in the abdomen, and his friends and relatives had transported him to a hospital in the back of a truck.

Bell told police she had arranged to purchase oxycodone from Way, according to the arrest report. She allegedly arrived at the house in Pinellas Park with another man, who is still at large. Way had stolen several hundred dollars from the man weeks before the shooting, the arrest report shows.

The second suspect, who police have not identified, stepped out of his car and demanded money, according to the arrest report. Bell told detectives she then heard a gunshot, and the man hopped back in the car with her and drove away.

Police did not release a description of the second suspect Tuesday. No further information was immediately available.

Zachary T. Sampson can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8804. Twitter: @zacksampson.

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