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He killed over $10 debt; the price is life in prison

Allreatha Clay, the mother of murder victim Roger Glen, embraces the mother of his killer, Maurice Talley. Talley was sentenced this week to life in prison for the killing over a $10 debt.
Allreatha Clay, the mother of murder victim Roger Glen, embraces the mother of his killer, Maurice Talley. Talley was sentenced this week to life in prison for the killing over a $10 debt. Handout photo

A murder over a $10 drug debt landed Maurice Talley in prison for life.

Talley, 28, was sentenced this week for the assassination-style killing of Roger Glen, who was shot once in the temple at point-blank range after answering the door of his Miami Gardens apartment in December 2014.

The sentencing led to a powerful scene — after Thursday’s court hearing, mothers of both men embraced in grief.

“Two lives were lost,” Miami-Dade prosecutor Joseph Mansfield said. “One person died, and another is going to prison for life. And two families are destroyed — all because of wounded pride over a $10 debt.”

At trial, jurors heard that Talley had been hounding Glen for the money. Hours before the shooting, he told the sister of Glen’s girlfriend, “Today is the deadline, I want my money.”

The two also nearly came to blows less than two hours before the killing.

Nobody witnessed the shooting itself. But just before, witnesses testified, Talley was seen summoning Glen at his apartment. Then, he was seen running moments after the shooting.

Jurors convicted Talley of first-degree murder, which in Florida carries an automatic life sentence.

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