Trial in 2011 drug-related killing to start Tuesday

2014-04-01T09:15:00Z Trial in 2011 drug-related killing to start TuesdayPatrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The trial of a Tucson man accused in a 2011 murder is scheduled to start today in Pima County Superior Court.

Bryan Lamar Lee, 22, stands accused of the first-degree murder of Jordan Peterson in November 2011.

A co-defendant in the case, Reed J. Marrone, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder last year and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

In the agreement, Marrone admitted the killing was committed to avoid paying a drug debt he owed to Peterson.

A third defendant, Tyler Nicholas Brown, pleaded guilty to attempted concealment of a dead body and is scheduled for sentencing in May.

Peterson's body was found in the desert in Pinal County in January 2012.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or pmcnamara@azstarnet.com. On Twitter @pm929.

Copyright 2014 Arizona Daily Star. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

About this blog

News and events of Pima County's courthouses.

Featured businesses

View more...