Verdict awaited for man accused of killing marijuana dealer in Iowa


WATERLOO, Iowa — A man accused of robbing and killing a marijuana dealer in Waterloo is waiting to hear what jurors say.

The trial of Quintarius Brown, 18, began last week. He’s charged with robbery and first-degree murder for the slaying of Cedric “Skee” Craft on Dec. 11, 2017. Officers called to Craft’s home found his body with a single gunshot wound to the head.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported that a prosecutor said Brown and others had gone to Craft’s home and pretended to be interested in buying marijuana. Brown then told Craft to hand over everything he had and shot him in the face, prosecutor Brad Walz said.


“Regardless of your feelings on dealing marijuana, (Craft) had rights. He had a life,” Walz told jurors during closing arguments this week.

Defense attorney Matthew Hoffey attacked the credibility of the state’s witnesses and told jurors, “There are inconsistencies galore, ladies and gentlemen.”