New court documents say an 18-year-old Columbia man charged with killing a man at the busy Phillips 66 gas station on West Boulevard near I-70 Thursday night repeatedly asked the victim if he was following him.
Boone County Prosecutor Roger Johnson has charged 18-year-old Seth Andrew Brinegar with second degree murder and armed criminal action for the shooting death of 33-year-old Corey Bilger, who was pumping gas when he was shot.
Brinegar is scheduled to be arraigned at 1 pm today before Boone County Circuit Judge Tracy Gonzalez.
The Columbia Police Department’s three-page probable cause statement quotes a witness at a nearby pump as saying Bilger told Brinegar that he didn’t know him. Brinegar allegedly cursed at Bilger and then shot him when he approached his vehicle. A witness says Bilger was not holding anything except a cell phone. Court documents quote Brinegar as saying he fired four to five shots. One of those bullets struck a Ford Fiesta that was occupied by a man and a six-month old. No one in that vehicle was injured.
Prosecutor Johnson describes Brinegar as a flight risk. Brinegar is expected to be arraigned this (Monday) afternoon in Boone County Circuit Court.