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A juvenile accused of shooting a woman in the back in the December after a drug deal gone wrong has been transferred to adult court.

Dequan Smith, 16, of Mandan, was charged on Tuesday with felony counts of attempted murder, reckless endangerment, delivery of an imitation controlled substance and two counts of aggravated assault. Smith was previously cited for these crimes as a juvenile.

An affidavit in support of the charges allege Smith had swindled a woman who tried to buy marijuana from him, but he, instead, gave her a bag of cereal.

The affidavit states that, on Dec. 30, Mandan Police responded to the area of the Mandan Post Office for a report of a person who had been shot.

When they arrived, they found a 27-year-old woman identified in court records as C.T., who had been shot in the back. She was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.

A 49-year-old woman, who was identified as the shooting victim's mother,  reportedly told police that her two daughters were going to meet with Smith, whom they met on Snapchat, to buy marijuana on Dec. 23.

One of her daughters met with Smith for the drug exchange. Smith took $650 from her daughter and threw her a bag of cereal.

On Dec. 30, the woman and her daughters were driving around and saw Smith and another man waiting in the area of Third Avenue Northeast and Second Street Northeast in Mandan.

Her daughters yelled at the two males and, as they were driving away, five to six gunshots were fired; one of the daughters stated she had been shot.

Officers later found multiple .40 caliber shell cases in the area.

The bullet was removed from the 27-year-old woman's spine, according to the affidavit.

Smith is being held at the Youth Correctional Center in Mandan, according to Morton County Assistant State's Attorney Gabrielle Goter. His bond has been set at $100,000, and his arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 27.

Mandan Police Deputy Chief Lori Flaten said police are still trying to determine whether a second man was involved in the shooting.

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(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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