YOTE GRASS VENDOR KILLED DURING DEAL
An Albertson College of Idaho business student was shot and killed early Sunday morning during an apparent drug deal. Leonard J. Kellum, 23, of Caldwell called emergency workers to his home complaining of multiple gunshot wounds after a transaction with Trevor James Booth, 20, of Caldwell, went drastically awry. Kellum was still conscious when paramedics arrived, but later died at a Boise hospital.
The business of illicit tonic-trafficking was not new to Kellum, who had already served between one and three years in Nevada prison on charges of attempted sale of a controlled substance. According to the Nevada Department of Corrections, Kellum and two other motorists were stopped in Winnemucca, Nevada in 2002 and found to be carrying 60 to 100 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of the vehicle.
Caldwell police have said that Kellum was also arrested in Ellensburg, Washington in 2000 for a firearms offense and delivery of marijuana, but the Washington Department of Corrections has no record of the final judgment in that case. Upon searching Kellum's house after the shooting, however, detectives discovered methamphetamine, marijuana and $3,000 in cash.
According to the Idaho Press-Tribune, Kellum had returned to school after a one-year absence, and was a year away from completing his bachelor's degree in business administration. He was also said to have plans to open his own business after graduation, potentially in underwater welding.
On Monday, Booth turned himself in to Canyon County detectives after they publicized that they wished to question him for the crime. He has been accused of first-degree murder, and is awaiting arraignment in Canyon County Jail without bail.
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