The suspect in the murder of 16-year-old Andrew Meyers is no longer in custody after the Pettis County Prosecutor did not file charges Tuesday.
Brian J. Young, 34, of Sedalia, was arrested Monday afternoon in connection with Friday’s homicide in the 400 block of North Missouri Avenue, but he was released from the Pettis County Jail at 5:11 p.m. Tuesday due to no charges being filed by Pettis County Prosecutor Phillip Sawyer during Young’s 24-hour holding period.
“(Young) is not being held in Pettis County,” said Sedalia Police Chief John DeGonia. “I spoke to the prosecutor and he said he’s still doing research on charges.”
Sawyer said he has not filed charges because he is still reviewing the details of the case. He said his office received the paperwork Tuesday morning, and cited the short time-frame he had to go over several days worth of investigation.
“I took in the information that law enforcement provided to us this morning,” he said. “I spent the majority of (Tuesday) reviewing it, and there were some additional things I wanted to know that pertained to that investigation, additional questions came up in my mind about how to file it. I spent the majority of the afternoon researching the proper way to file any charges that may be filed.”
Young had willingly turned himself in to police Monday. SPD was seeking charges of second degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. There is a chance Young may still be charged, but DeGonia said that is up to Sawyer.
“At this point I don’t know (if charges will be filed). That’s the prosecutor’s decision,” DeGonia said. “(SPD officers and detectives) worked the case and turned over the case to him and all the information and evidence that we had. At this point charges are determined by him.”
Sawyer told the Democrat Tuesday night “there is a possibility” charges will eventually be filed against Young.
Meyers was shot once by Young late Friday night after what SPD Cmdr. Adam Hendricks has called a “drug deal gone bad.” Meyers and other unknown subjects attempted to rob Young at gunpoint once he arrived at the Missouri Avenue residence to buy marijuana. At that time, Young fired his own weapon once and fled the area.
SPD officers arrived on scene and found Meyers with a gunshot wound lying near a car. They applied first aid until he was taken by the Pettis County Ambulance District to Bothwell Regional Health Center, where he later died from his injuries.
So far the other subjects with Meyers have not been identified, but Hendricks said officers and detectives are following several leads to determine who else was involved other than Meyers.
If anyone has information regarding this incident, they are encouraged to contact the Investigations Division of the Sedalia Police Department, or the TIPS Hotline at 660-827-TIPS.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.