Teen pleads guilty in Peoria smoke-shop murders

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Tyson Langley By Jennifer Thomas Tyson Langley By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX – A Phoenix teenager has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder and other charges in connection with a shooting at a Peoria smoke shop in 2012.

Tyson Langley, 17, also pleaded guilty to armed robbery and attempted first-degree murder in Maricopa County Superior Court Tuesday morning.

Kenneth Matlock, 60, and Melinda Bowen, 38, were killed at the Euphorium Emporium smoke shop near Lake Pleasant Parkway and Deer Valley Road on Jan. 17, 2012. A third person was wounded.

Police said Langley stole $300 and a gun from the smoke shop then fled in Matlock's truck. Officers found the vehicle abandoned in the parking lot of a Walgreens at Glendale and 27th avenues in Phoenix.

Langley took a bus to California and he was taken into custody by Los Angeles police officers.

Langley was 15 years old at the time of the killings. He was charged as an adult.

Sentencing is set for Feb. 28.