Charges still possible in July homicide case

By Nicole Cooke - [email protected]

By Nicole Cooke

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Charges against a homicide suspect are still a possibility in the death of a Sedalia teen who died in late July.

It’s been more than a month since suspect Brian J. Young, 34, of Sedalia, was released from custody in connection with the death of 16-year-old Andrew Meyers.

Young had willingly turned himself in to police Monday, July 27. The Sedalia Police Department was seeking charges of second degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. He was arrested, but was released from the Pettis County Jail at 5:11 p.m. Tuesday, July 28 due to no charges being filed by Pettis County Prosecutor Phillip Sawyer during Young’s 24-hour holding period.

Sawyer told the Democrat Wednesday night he had received additional information from SPD regarding the investigation, as he had requested, and would continue reviewing the case. He did not give a time frame as to when he would decide on whether or not to charge Young, but that the decision would most likely be “soon.”

“I’ve met with law enforcement several times since (Young was released) and I have received additional details to the investigation,” Sawyer said. “I’m in the process of reviewing what they brought me that I asked them to provide. A decision will be made. I’m not going to sit on it and not do anything with it.”

Sawyer told the Democrat in July he had not filed charges because he was still reviewing the details of the case. He had 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 (July 28),” he told the Democrat after Young’s release in July. “I spent the majority of Tuesday (July 28) 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.”

Meyers was shot once by suspect Brian J. Young late Friday, July 24 after what SPD officers called a “drug deal gone bad” at a residence in the 400 block of North Missouri Avenue. Meyers and other unknown subjects allegedly 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.

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 SPD Cmdr. Adam Hendricks told the Democrat in July officers and detectives were 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.

Sedalia Democrat

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.

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