Charges have been filed against two individuals in the July 2015 homicide of 16-year-old Andrew Meyers.
Brian J. Young, 35, of the 1400 block of South Ohio Avenue, has been charged with second degree murder and attempt to possess a controlled substance. Kenneth S. McGee, 21, of the 700 block of East Ninth Street, has been charged with second degree murder, first degree attempted robbery and armed criminal action.
“During the course of that investigation it was discovered that Mr. Young had some suspicion that he was about to be robbed, entered the residence with a firearm,” Pettis County Prosecutor Phillip Sawyer told the Democrat Wednesday afternoon. “The investigation led us to believe that that robbery was facilitated by Mr. McGee. Mr. McGee’s facilitation of the attempted robbery is what I believe makes count one — the murder in furtherance of a felony being perpetrated — a valid charge.”
McGee was arrested Tuesday night shortly after Sawyer filed charges and was taken to the Pettis County Jail.
Sawyer said Young has retained counsel since he was first arrested for the crime in July. Sawyer contacted his attorney, Myron McNeal, Wednesday to inform him of the formal charges; Young then voluntarily turned himself in at the Pettis County Jail around 1 p.m. Wednesday.
According to a Sedalia Police Department report, officers responded to a report of a gunshot victim outside a residence in the 400 block of North Missouri Avenue the night of Friday, July 24, 2015.
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.
Meyers was shot once by Young after what SPD Cmdr. Adam Hendricks has called a “drug deal gone bad.”
According to court documents, Young contacted a friend July 24 about purchasing marijuana. The friend contacted two different people, the second being McGee, who, according to multiple witnesses who were with Young, agreed to sell Young a half pound of marijuana for $2,500.
Young picked up two friends and met McGee at Casey’s General Store, 1601 E. Broadway Blvd.
“Brian explained they went to an apartment (in the 1000 block of South Ohio Avenue) where (McGee) began to ask for Brian’s money so he could go in the apartment to obtain the marijuana. Brian got suspicious and left the male there,” documents state.
Later McGee contacted Young’s friend to conduct another transaction at the North Missouri Avenue residence, which was entered by both Young and his friend. Young told SPD detectives that a subject asked for his money and pointed what Young believed to be a .22 caliber rifle. Young then drew his own pistol from its holster and “because he believed the subject was going to shoot him, he fired his pistol at the subject one time,” then immediately left the house.
Officers made contact with McGee at the scene after the shooting, but he refused to provide information and cursed at officers.
Detectives later obtained video from Casey’s along with Facebook messages McGee sent within minutes of being seen on surveillance; two separate people asked what he was doing and he responded to both “I’m gonna get this money.”
An acquaintance of McGee’s, who Young’s friend originally contacted about buying marijuana, later exchanged Facebook messages with another user, telling the subject it was McGee’s intention to rob Young all along.
On July 27, Young willingly turned himself into SPD where officers were requesting charges of second degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon, but he was released the next evening due to no charges being filed by Sawyer in the given 24-hour period.
On Wednesday, Sawyer told the Democrat he had been in constant contact with SPD over the last several months obtaining additional information needed for the case, which he said is still an active investigation.
Sawyer said additional charges for Young and McGee remain under consideration, as do charges for any possible additional suspects.
“(SPD and I) have remained in constant contact regarding this case,” he said. “I have every reason to believe they are continuing to investigate any leads they get in regard to any individuals that may have been at the scene or involved in the events of that evening.”
“Needless to say, this is a horribly sad scenario that was completely avoidable,” he added.
Young was arrested on a $100,000 cash only bond, but that amount changed Wednesday afternoon. Sawyer, McNeal and Young appeared in court Wednesday afternoon for an arraignment and a bond reduction motion. The court amended Young’s bond to $25,000 cash or surety, plus $10,000 cash only. A hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. March 8 at the Pettis County Courthouse.
Online court records do not list an attorney for McGee. He is being held on a $100,000 bond, cash only. McGee was arraigned Tuesday morning where he appeared by video and the case has been continued to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 9 for attorney status at the Pettis County Courthouse.
Both men are at the Pettis County Jail.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.