Men charged with murder in drug deal gone bad

Men charged with murder in drug deal gone bad
Police respond to a deadly shooting May 20 in University Place.

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. -- The Pierce County Prosecutor's Office charged two men with murder Tuesday in connection with the shooting death of a 27-year-old man during a drug deal gone bad last month.

According to the Prosecutor's Office, 30-year-old Thomas Law II and 22-year-old Brandon Wilburn met with the victim, Phillip Little, around 3 p.m. May 20 outside a 7-Eleven near South 56th Street and South Orchard Street in order to conduct a drug deal.

Something went wrong, and Wilburn and Law shot Little four times before running off, according to the Prosecutor's Office. Witnesses reportedly heard one of the fleeing men say, "Oh my God, dude. I can't believe we did that."

Police found Wilburn's cellphone near the victim's car. According to the Prosecutor's Office, cellphone records show Wilbur exchanged multiple texts with Little and Law just before the shooting.

Records from Law's cellphone place him in the area at the time of the shooting and also show he called Wilburn's ex-girlfriend shortly after, according to the Prosecutor's Office.

Wilburn's ex-girlfriend reportedly told police Wilburn was acting paranoid and said he needed a one-way ticket to Tennessee following the incident.