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20-year-old accused in fatal West Fargo shooting that left a teenager dead to stand trial

Fargo, North Dakota – 20-year-old Fabian Edwin Scott is facing trial for the murder of 16-year-old James Moore in West Fargo. Scott, who has pleaded not guilty, is charged with murder and conspiracy to commit robbery. The events leading to this moment began with what Fargo Police have described as a “drug deal gone wrong,” culminating in a violent confrontation that resulted in Moore’s death. The case is scheduled for a jury trial on May 14th, marking a significant step in seeking justice for the young victim.

The incident unfolded on the night of May 22, 2023, when police were called to the scene of a shooting in the 4400 block of 9th Avenue South. According to reports, multiple individuals were engaged in a dispute before gunfire erupted, leading to Moore’s untimely death. In the aftermath, two other men, 31-year-old Marcus Rexrode and 41-year-old Marcus McCuin, were sentenced in connection to the case after accepting plea deals, highlighting the broader implications of the crime.

Scott’s arrest by SWAT on May 30 in West Fargo was dramatic, involving the use of a flash bang to secure his custody. This marked a significant development in the investigation, providing hope for accountability in the wake of the tragedy.

Complicating Scott’s legal troubles are additional murder charges stemming from a separate incident in Minneapolis. Court documents from Hennepin County detail a chilling account of a chase that ended in the death of a 15-year-old boy. On January 13, 2023, Scott allegedly engaged in a deadly pursuit, firing from a van and ultimately causing the young victim’s death. This act of violence, beginning in a gas station parking lot and ending with a fatal shooting, further underscores the serious nature of the charges against Scott.

As the trial approaches, the community watches closely, seeking closure and justice for the victims of these senseless acts of violence. The dual nature of the charges against Scott paints a grim picture of the consequences of criminal behavior, leaving two families mourning the loss of their young loved ones.

Jimmy Hathaway

Having spent my formative years in the beloved city of Grand Forks, I eventually relocated to Fargo during my second decade of life. The passion for journalism runs deep within my bloodline, as numerous close relatives have been, and some continue to be, engaged in the field as reporters and journalists. Outside of my professional pursuits, I cherish the moments spent in the company of my family.

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