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Lorenzo Anderson does not deny being involved in an armed robbery that killed 17-year-old Andrew Vann (KFSN)

Lorenzo Anderson does not deny being involved in an armed robbery that killed 17-year-old Andrew Vann last year, but he denies being the suspect to shoot and kill him during a marijuana transaction.

Instead, he says another man he was with, by the name of Da-- is responsible for almost all of it.

"Our contention is that Mr. Anderson didn't do the shooting that in fact-- I think we can prove beyond reasonable doubt," said Robert Dulce, Defense Attorney.

A Fresno Police Sergeant testified in court Wednesday that Anderson said in his interview with police-- Da is the man responsible for setting up the transaction, even though it was set up through Anderson's Facebook account. Da was the one to pull the trigger after demanding all of the victim's marijuana and telling him to leave right after.

Anderson said that the car still did not move and he shot into the car a second time and that is when he heard Andrew Vann screaming.

Anderson was not able to give police the real name of the alleged other suspect involved who goes by the name Da and over one year later he's never been identified for this crime.

A victim of another attempted robbery that happened in the same church parking lot --days before Vann's murder, was also shot at and testified two suspects were involved. She was hesitant to positively identify Anderson as the suspect but believed it was him.

Legal Analyst Tony Capozzi says whether Anderson is telling the truth or not on who shot the gun, it won't play a major difference in being found guilty of this murder.

"If a defendant is part of a robbery-- committing some type of a serious felony and a person he's with commits a murder, the person who didn't do that shooting is responsible for that murder," said Capozzi.

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