Teen Arrested for Killing Bronx Man Over Dice Game, NYPD Says

By Aidan Gardiner on February 10, 2014 11:37am 

 Jarelle Johnson, 16, shot and killed 20-year-old Marquis Brewer at the Highbridge Gardens Houses, the NYPD said.
Jarelle Johnson, 16, shot and killed 20-year-old Marquis Brewer at the Highbridge Gardens Houses, the NYPD said.
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THE BRONX — A teenager was arrested Saturday for fatally shooting a man over a dice game in front of the Highbridge Gardens Houses five days earlier, police said.

Jarelle Johnson, 16, was arguing with 20-year-old Marquis Brewer about the game when the teen turned the gun on Brewer and shot him in the torso outside 1125 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., near West 166th Street, about 2:30 a.m. Feb. 3, according to the NYPD.

Brewer was taken to Bronx Lebanon Hospital and pronounced dead, police said.

Johnson was arrested Saturday and arraigned the next day on charges of murder, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon, prosecutors said.

His next court date is Feb. 14, the Bronx District Attorney's office said.

Johnson has at least five prior arrests on his record, including for menacing and gun possession, according to police and court records.

In November 2013, he was arrested in The Bronx on charges of criminal possession of a loaded gun, and spent a month in jail on $1,500 bail. He made bail Dec. 17, and was due back in court Feb. 25, according to court records.

On Oct. 8, 2013, he was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, but he had to be hauled back to court with a warrant in December, according to court records. He pleaded guilty and was released without bail a day after he was released on the gun possession charge, records show.

Johnson also has three sealed arrest records, including one from 2008 and two from 2011, police said.

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