Stylios Trachanas: Inside story of marijuana caregiver's gun beef, murder rap

Earlier this week, we wrote about medical marijuana caregiver Stylios Trachanas's guilty plea to pot and weapons charges from the viewpoint of federal prosecutors, including a reference to a past murder conviction in Texas. But Trachanas's mother, Sharon Couch, says there's much more to the son she calls Steve than what's been shared to date -- and the same is true of the slaying that changed the course of his life when he was just seventeen years old.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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