Murder charge to be dropped for man accused of killing West Fargo teen

Published: Jun. 2, 2023 at 3:30 PM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The man accused of killing of a West Fargo teen will have the murder charge against him dropped as part of a plea deal.

Marcus Rexrode, 31, was the first person arrested on a murder charge and is alleged to have fired the fatal shot. He is expected to plead guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in exchange for the murder charge against him to be dropped.

The maximum penalty in the case is 15 years in prison for the possession charge. A plea hearing has been set for Sept. 6.

19-year-old Fabian Scott, 41-year-old Marcus McCuin and Tommie Trent also face charges in the case.

Fargo Police have called it a “drug deal gone wrong”. They were called to the 4400 block of 9th Avenue South for several shots fired just after 11:15 p.m. on May 22. They found 16-year-old James Moore laying on the ground with a gunshot wound, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers also say they found a gun laying next to Moore.

31-year-old Marcus Rexrode of Fargo was taken into custody first. 19-year-old Fabian Scott was arrested by SWAT in West Fargo on the evening of Tuesday, May 30. Officers surrounded a West Fargo neighborhood and used a flash bang to get Scott into custody. He was charged with murder and conspiracy to commit robbery. 41-year-old Marcus McCuin of Fargo was booked on charges of murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, felon in possession of a firearm and tampering with evidence. 36-year-old Tommie Trent of Moorhead was charged with conspiracy to deliver marijuana.