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A man killed a 16-year-old girl because she wouldn't pick up a bag of marijuana that had dropped on the floor in Burlington, Kentucky.

Officers from Boone County were called to a home in the 3000 block of Silver Brook Drive in Burlington at about 2:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3 after they received a report of a shooting. When they arrived at the residence, they found 16-year-old Scarlett Tucker dead from a gunshot wound to the head in a bedroom inside the residence, Local 12 reported.

There were multiple witnesses who remained on the scene. Detectives learned that Tucker, two 18-year-olds, a 17-year-old, and Demarkus Hedges, 18, had all gone out earlier and spent time in Cincinnati and Covington before returning to the home of an 18-year-old woman. According to the deputies, a bag of marijuana fell on the bedroom floor and Hedges demanded that Tucker pick it up. When she refused, Hedges pointed his gun at Scarlett's head and fired a shot. After shooting her, Hedges took off from the crime scene.

Meanwhile, the other three people stayed behind and cooperated with the deputies. Following the incident, Hedges has been charged with murder, tampering with evidence, and unlawful transaction with a minor, WLWT reported.

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, Hedges turned himself in to the U.S. Marshals Service in Covington. He will be held in the Boone County Detention Center on a $1 million bond.

In a similar but unrelated incident, a 15-year-old boy shot and killed an 18-year-old boy after the victim unlawfully entered the suspect's home in Mount Vernon on Wednesday, Dec. 28, as previously reported.

The victim, identified as 18-year-old Colby Ketchum, unlawfully entered the 15-year-old teen suspect's home on Red Fox Road, Mount Vernon at around 1 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28. After entering the residence, Ketchum allegedly pointed a shotgun at the 15-year-old boy. After seeing Ketchum point the gun at him, a heated altercation ensued between the two teens.

As the argument escalated, the 15-year-old teen suspect shot and killed him with his own gun.

According to Detective Archie Nile, the two teens reportedly knew each other before the shooting and are believed to have some kind of prior history. He added that the officers are trying to determine the motive behind the shooting.

“More than likely, we believe that there was some kind of, that both parties had some kind of prior history,” said Detective Niles. “At this time, it’s still ongoing on determining the motive on why this incident had to happen.”

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