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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - New details have emerged in the murder of a Boardman man.

Twenty-year-old Michael D. Brown of Youngstown appeared by video arraignment in front of Youngstown Judge Elizabeth Kobly to answer to one count of murder in the death of 19-year-old Daniel Watkins.

Judge Kobly ordered Brown jailed on a $250,000 cash bond after authorities say Brown confessed to shooting and killing Watkins on July 25th.

Authorities believe the victim was trying to trade cough syrup and cash for heroin when the deadly shooting happened.

Dana Lantz is the city of Youngstown's Chief Prosecutor and says, "It appears that there may have been some sort of drug transaction after a thorough investigation by the Youngstown Police Department. They interviewed Mr. Brown and he did in fact confess to murder."

Watkins was shot in the chest, and found slumped over inside a parked car, in the driveway of a Loveland Road home in Youngstown.

Family and friends held a vigil to mourn the death of the Boardman High graduate, and pitcher on the varsity baseball team.

But the victim had recently had his own trouble with the law after being arrested and charged with allegedly stealing I Phones from the Boardman YMCA.

Police say Wakins accused killer has now provided specific details about the killing that were never made public.

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