Deadly Pepper Pike drug deal: Lawyer claims client was Uber driver lured to scene

PEPPER PIKE, OH (WOIO) - Pepper Pike is one of the safest communities in Greater Cleveland. A murder there earlier this week has shattered some residents' sense of safety, however.

Police say it was a drug deal gone awry.

Isaiah Lampkins, 24, of Solon, was killed in the ordeal. He was found laying on a lawn. He was transported to Hillcrest Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Matthew Stecher, of Niles, was arrested and charged with voluntary manslaughter and trafficking in drugs. Stecher remained in jail Wednesday. His lawyer says his bond now sits at $500,000.

The lawyer claims Stecher was employed as an Uber driver and was lured to the unoccupied home in Pepper Pike the night of the shooting. The lawyer claims Stecher was robbed at gunpoint and forced to fight for his life.

Police say Stecher was there to sell drugs when an attempted robbery took place.

Kevin Malone, of Orange Village, and Da'Jon Carouthers, of Cleveland, were also been arrested. They were charged with involuntary manslaughter and armed robbery.

Authorities said Malone and Carouthers went with Lampkins to the yard of an unoccupied Pepper Pike home to buy marijuana from Stecher. Authorities said the purchasers attempted to rob the seller, and a struggle ensued, resulting in Lampkins' death.

The last time someone was murdered in Pepper Pike was in March of 1995.

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