Two men were arrested Thursday in connection with a drug deal gone bad.

On October 29, deputies were called out to Hard Times Billiards on the corner of Auburn Boulevard and Garfield Avenue after a pickup truck driven by Steven Carmassi, 35, crashed into several other vehicles, according to Sgt. Tim Curran of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. When they arrived, deputies found a severely injured Carmassi inside the vehicle. He was taken to the hospital where medical staff found a bullet wound to his upper body. He died a short time later.

On Thursday, sheriff’s homicide detectives arrested Dejohng Mariedenie Taylor, 21, of Citrus Heights and Latics Marcus Collins, 24, of Sacramento at the bureau office after the two had gone to the bureau for questioning.

Detectives say the shooting happened after Collins went to a nearby parking lot to buy pot from Carmassi. But during the deal, Taylor and Collins tried to rob Carmassi, and shot him.

Taylor and Collins were booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on charges of murder and attempted robbery. They are scheduled to be arraigned on December 6, 2010.


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