Judge Karen Howze ordered Tshinik Cavallero held Wednesday pending a preliminary hearing in connection with the shooting death of 21-year-old Marcus Minor. Cavallero was arrested Monday on suspicion of second-degree murder while armed.
On January 24, police found Minor in the middle of the afternoon on the sidewalk of the 1300 block of Stevens Road Southeast with six gunshot wounds, including one to the back of the head. He was declared dead at the scene.
Charging documents state that both Minor and Cavallero sold marijuana and hung out on Stevens Road Southeast. Multiple witnesses reported seeing Cavallero and Minor arguing moments before the shooting.
On the day of the murder, Minor arrived in the 1300 block of Stevens Road Southeast at about 2 p.m., the witness said. Crime scene technicians later recovered a large Ziploc bag containing marijuana from Minor’s pants, documents say.
Another witness reported that it saw Cavallero and another man known as “Ace” in a fist fight on January 24. The witness later saw Cavallero and Minor get into an argument. When Cavallero said words to the effect of, “You want to fight me?,” Minor told him, “I don’t fight, you know how I go… I’ll be back,” according to the witness. Minor walked away and Cavallero got into his car and drove away, the witness told police.
A third witness recalled Minor yelling, “Get em Ace!” while Cavallero and “Ace” fought. That witness watched Cavallero leave in his car, then return to the scene of the altercation.
The same witness stated Minor and Cavallero started arguing when they met. The witness then saw Minor briefly pull out a gun from his waistband but put it back without firing. Moments later, Cavallero pulled out his own gun and fired multiple times at Minor.
“You pulled a gun out, you should have used it,” Cavallero yelled at Minor, charging documents say. He then took Minor’s gun from his waistband and ran away, the witness told police.
According to the witness, Cavallero “hangs with the older guys” on the north side of Stevens Road and Minor “hung with the younger guys” on the south side of Stevens Road. The witness also told police that it has purchased marijuana from Cavallero.
Documents say that Cavallero admitted to being in a fist fight with Minor on the day of the murder, but he said that he left the scene before Minor was shot and did not return.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 25.
Charging documents are below.