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Jefferson City teen charged in connection with recent homicide

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.: A 16-year-old Jefferson City teen has been charged with murder after the shooting death of corrections officer Justin Kammerich, 33.

Our news partner ABC 17 News reports that Jahuan Whirley was certified as an adult Thursday morning, and charged with second-degree murder, first-degree assault, two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of armed criminal action and one count of unlawful use of a weapon.

Authorities said another man was critically injured in the same shooting on Dec. 12 that left Kammerich dead.

According to court documents obtained by ABC 17 News, the man who survived the shooting told police that he and Kammerich were approached by an armed subject who demanded they hand over their money, wallets and phones.

Apparently, the two were shot before they handed over their property.

ABC 17 reports police found a gun in Whirley’s home that matched the weapon used at the crime scene, and his clothing matched what witnesses saw the suspect wearing on the day of the incident.

Whirley is in the Cole County Jail without bond.

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