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An argument over a gram of marijuana led to the fatal shooting of a man in a Northeast El Paso apartment last month, according to court documents.

James Henry McDonald, 28, and Lettommy Ballard, 23, were recently arrested on murder charges in connection with the killing of Kareem Hewitt, 25, on the night of March 22, El Paso police said.

Hewitt was shot though the kitchen window of his home at the Autumn Manor apartments at 9960 McCombs St. in the Parkland area, according to complaint affidavits filed by a homicide detective.

The documents state that a police investigation allegedly found that Hewitt was selling marijuana. On March 22, McDonald got into an argument with Hewitt during the purchase of a gram of marijuana at Hewitt’s apartment.

A witness told investigators that McDonald “felt as if the gram was not a ‘gram’ and demanded more marijuana” from Hewitt, who walked into his apartment and grabbed some loose marijuana to give him, documents show. McDonald then asked for his money back, and the two exchanged words, according to the affidavit.

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Lettommy Ballard (Photo: Courtesy El Paso Police Department)

Hewitt asked a roommate to return McDonald’s cash because if he were to see McDonald again he might do “something stupid,” the complaint stated.

The document stated that McDonald was fuming over the confrontation and allegedly told a witness, “I got something for his (expletive). I am tired of being played like a (expletive)!”

Later that night, McDonald allegedly met with the witness and said, “I just shot his (expletive).”

Ballard, who is also known as “Tommy Gunz,” was allegedly with McDonald when McDonald asked a witness to transport a firearm that the witness believed belonged to Ballard, documents state.

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Ballard and McDonald were arrested April 28 by police SWAT officers, gang investigators and U.S. Marshal’s Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, police officials said. Ballard and McDonald were jailed each on a $1 million bond.

Daniel Borunda may be reached at 546-6102; dborunda@elpasotimes.com; @BorundaDaniel on Twitter.

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