Man arrested for assisting shooting suspect

By Nicole Cooke - [email protected]

Maurice Harper

A Sedalia man was arrested last Saturday for assisting the suspect in last week’s shooting.

Maurice Harper, 40, of the 300 block of Scott Joplin Court, was arrested Saturday and has been charged with hindering prosecution of a felony.

“(Harper) was arrested for hindering prosecution for his connection with basically helping Mr. (Henry) Ward avoid capture here in Sedalia,” said Sedalia Police Department Cmdr. Matt Wirt.

According to court documents in Harper’s case, “Maurice stated that Henry looks to him as a ‘father figure’ and he helped raise Henry.” He added that he has pled with Ward to get a job and stop his criminal activity.

SPD detectives arrested Henry L. Ward, 18, on June 30, less than 12 hours after a shooting at 4:51 a.m. at a residence in the 1800 block of South Sneed Avenue. Ward has been charged with two counts of first degree assault, two counts of armed criminal action, first degree burglary, unlawful use of a weapon and first degree endangering the welfare of a child.

According to court documents in Ward’s case, when interviewed by SPD detectives, Ward denied any involvement in the shooting, saying he had been sleeping at Harper’s residence at the time. However, Harper told detectives Ward did not show up at his residence until 6 a.m. asking for a ride to Columbia, which he provided.

According to court documents in Harper’s case, Harper told detectives Ward arrived at his apartment asking for a ride to Columbia to see his son, adding that he would pay Harper $50 for the ride. Ward also asked to take a shower, which Harper allowed.

After taking a female resident of the home to work, Harper drove he and Ward to Columbia around 7:15 a.m. Shortly after 10 a.m., Columbia Police Department officers arrived to arrest Ward.

Harper initially denied Ward had entered his apartment, but later admitted to what happened, noting Ward had never asked for a ride to Columbia before.

“(Harper) also admitted that it was strange for Henry to show up at his apartment, early in the morning and wanting to take a shower,” court documents state.

Harper was issued a $3,500 bond, cash or surety, and Shannon Zerilli Bonding posted the bond Tuesday. An arraignment has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 12. Online court records do not list an attorney for Harper.

Wirt said SPD detectives are still investigating last Thursday’s early morning shooting that injured Terez Dominique Lewis, 27, and Elisha Marie Curry, 30. A 6-year-old girl witnessed the suspect coming inside the home, but was not injured.

“We’re still investigating, sending physical evidence to the lab,” Wirt said. “Hopefully when we get evidence back, cell phone stuff back, we’ll see where we need to go.”

Exact information regarding the medical condition of Lewis and Curry was not available, but Wirt said the pair is “doing better and their condition is improving.”

If anyone has additional information regarding this incident, contact the Sedalia Police Department at 660-826-8100 or through the Sedalia Police Department Facebook page.

Maurice Harper Harper

By Nicole Cooke

[email protected]

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.

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