Mother says son killed over sneakers was no thief

by: Tom Jones Updated:

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CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. —

The family of a teenager that police said was fatally shot trying to steal some popular tennis shoes claim officers' version of what happened is not accurate.

Joshua Lofton, 18, is dead and Marcus Lloyd, 26, faces murder charges.

Lofton's mother says he was no thief.

"I know that he loved shoes. Shoes were his everything," Kim King-Chaney said.

But King-Chaney says her son didn't love the Air Jordan 10 Steel shoes enough to die for them.

"If he got them, he got them. It really wasn't... 'cause he didn't have a job," she said.

Lofton didn't have a job, but Clayton County police said he answered a Craigslist advertisement placed by Lloyd.

Lloyd was selling the popular shoes for $250 and police said Lofton agreed to meet him at an Ellenwood Texaco near Lofton's home to complete the sale.

Officers said, according to Lloyd's version of the events, as Lofton tried the shoes on, "He brandished a knife in order to steal the sneakers," said Lt. Marc Richards.

Richards said Lofton took off running with the shoes on and Lloyd chased him.

"He pulled a firearm and fired several shots at the subject striking him at least once," Richards told Channel 2's Tom Jones.

Police said an officer headed to another call just happened to see Lloyd standing over Lofton removing the shoes.

That's when Lloyd was arrested and charged with murder.

Officers said even though Lloyd was a victim of a crime that doesn't mean he can use deadly force.

"He reported that he was in fear of his general safety but the subject was running away from him when he was shot," Richards explained.

Police also said they didn't find a knife at the scene.

Lofton's mother doesn't believe he tried to steal the shoes. She still warns others about buying the popular shoes from strangers.

"Quit. Buy your shoes from the store. Just get them from the store," King-Chaney said.

Lloyd is in the Clayton County Jail where he is being held without bond.