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Dispute over pound of marijuana leaves 1 dead, 1 wounded

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LIBERTY, MO (KCTV) -

A dispute over a pound of marijuana and a failed kidnapping attempt led to the death of one man and the wounding of another man at a Northland home, according to authorities.

Tessa L. Franco, 28, of Dearborn, was charged Monday with second-degree murder, attempted kidnapping and two counts of armed criminal action.

Franco allegedly went with Joe Laudenbach, 36, and a second man to a Northland home in an effort to kidnap Jacob Bradley. Franco told police that Laudenbach had been hired to kidnap Bradley because he had stolen a pound of marijuana, according to court documents.

Franco allegedly set Bradley up to go to the home of a man that he knew in the 9400 block of North Kenwood Avenue. She warned Laudenbach that Bradley was always armed, but Laudenbach said "he didn't care and could handle it," according to court documents.

Once Franco, Laudenbach and the second man got to the home Sunday afternoon, a confrontation ensued with Bradley and the homeowner. Laudenbach allegedly pulled out his weapon and ordered Bradley to come with him.

The second man allegedly tied up the homeowner at gunpoint and told him, "Shut up. You're about to lose everything."A woman and the homeowner's son were also in the home.

Bradley said he and Laudenbach began to fight over the weapon, and the gun went off five or six times, according to court documents. Bradley told police that he got a hold of the gun and began to beat Laudenbach with it.

"[Bradley] then ran out of the house, dropping the gun as he fled," according to the police report. "[Bradley] who suffered a gunshot wound to his right knee stated, 'I did nothing wrong. I was in fear for my life.'"

Laudenbach collapsed in the driveway, where he died. While Franco said she was not present when the shooting occurred, she was charged by authorities because they say she went there knowing felony crimes would occur.

The homeowner told police that he managed to get free after hearing the gunshots and ran to his son's room. He said he then pushed the air conditioner unit out of the window, "grabbed his son and jumped out the window," and fled through the backyard, according to court records.

Several other people were present in the home during the chaos. Bradley fled the house and later went to a Northland hospital for treatment of his wound.

Prosecutors haven't said whether anyone else will be charged.

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