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UNIVERSITY CITY, MO. (KTVI) - Two teens murdered in the span of a week in University City and police said Wednesday they`d solved one of the cases.  Police have announced charges of second degree murder against three young men for the shooting death of Eric Waldon Gray, 16, Tuesday, in the alley behind the 1000 block of Hanley.  

Police credited residents for helping solve the crime;  the kind of help they still need in solving the murder of Destinee Clemons, 17, days earlier
The three charged in Gray`s murder were actually on different sides of the crime.  

'Apparently the plan was to try to purchase a small amount of marijuana from Otha Liggins and in turn, use that as a guise to rob him,' said University City Police Chief, Charles Adams.  

Liggins, 23 and wheel chair bound, shot and killed Gray, Adams said.  

He said the other two suspects were with Gray in plotting the robbery and were also responsible for Gray`s death.  

Gray`s mother said police were;  her son was not robbing anybody.

Police say they found Gray with a gun still in his hand.  

His mother said he may have been defending himself in an argument with Liggins.  

Police admitted suspects Orlando McLamb-Rice, 19, and Shawn Lackland, 21, shot no one.  

Police said they were with Gray, the shooting victim.  Police said their actions, in part, led to Gray`s death;  that`s second degree murder in the eyes of the law.

'It was in the commission of a crime which resulted in the death of another, so that would constitute murder in the second degree,' Adams said.  'Lackland was charged accordingly because he acted in concert with the other 2 in the robbery and he provided the weapon.'

Police said they had all 3 suspects in custody within 20 minutes of the crime, thanks in large part, to people taking a stand against crime in their neighborhood.

'Witnesses heard different shots.  They gave us descriptions of people they saw fleeing the area, which always, you know that helps us a lot...we need all the eyes that are available to tell us what we need to do, what need to look for and who we need to make contact with,' Adams said.  

Liggins, the accused trigger man, is jailed with bond set at $200,000.  McLamb-Rice and Lackland are jailed with bonds set at $100,000 each.  

Police have questioned a teenager in the Clemons case.  They were still looking for three other persons of interest.

If you have any information, call University City Police or CRIMESTOPPERS AT 866-371-TIPS.  You do not have to leave your name and you may qualify for a cash reward.

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