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Man charged with setting up Lakewood homicide

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on March 3, 2011 at 11:25 am with 5 Comments »
March 3, 2011 11:25 am

Pierce County prosecutors this week charged a 35-year-old man with first-degree murder in the death of a Lakewood resident who in January became the city’s first homicide victim in more than a year.

A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of Mario Marshawn Steele in the fatal shooting of Lenard Masten, 39.

Masten died Jan. 16 after being gunned down on a sidewalk outside an apartment complex in the 5500 block of Chicago Avenue Southwest.

Prosecutors wrote in charging papers Steele called Masten on behalf of an acquaintance he knows as “Dre” who was angry with the victim for selling him fake drugs earlier in the day.

“Steele believed ‘Dre’ would either rob or assault Mr. Masten,” court records show. “Steele admitted he set up this meeting, and phone records confirm there was brief call between Steele’s phone and Mr. Masten’s phone minutes before the murder.”

Witnesses reported seeing two men confront Masten then one of them going through his clothes after he fell to the ground, court records show.

The second man has not been formally identified or charged.

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  1. sixpackjoe says:

    It’s ironic, where are the hang em high comments? Or get a rope? Oh, because it was young black men that were involved and not a white family. Have you ever noticed that? Maybe I just have it all wrong.

  2. Idiots like threepackjoe don’t realize that the ‘race card’ was extremely old decades ago!

  3. buttmanroad says:

    Theres NO excuse for Murder!!! I dont care what Race you are. Why even bring up the race card? Many Races do damage to their own Families and or others. Period.

  4. t_Johnson says:

    Hey sixpackjoe…Who said they were Black? Two druggies shooting at each other is not very “out of the ordinary”.

  5. Really sixpackjoe!!!!! You sound like a RACIST redneck! What the hell does race have anyrthing to do with this man losing his life! Snap back into reality cause your comment is down right ignorant!

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