Charges Filed in Shooting Spree

| April 2, 2013 | 7:23 am
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Christopher Lewis. Photograph courtesy of the Moberly Police Department.

Jeffery Nichols. Photograph courtesy of the Moberly Police Department.

Update (12:33 p.m.) -  Initial results of the autopsy performed Tuesday indicate the 92-year-old woman died from an apparent stab wound, according to an email from the Moberly Police Department. 

The victim was identified as Carmelita Kaser, of Moberly.

Charges were filed Monday against two people in connection to Sunday night’s crime spree that spanned several towns including Higbee, Huntsville, Moberly, and Macon.  Jeffery Nichols, 22, and Christopher Lewis, 18, of Macon, were arrested Monday morning after about 12 hours on the run.  Both are currently in custody awaiting to be arraigned on first-degree murder charges.

Nichols and Lewis are accused of killing a 92-year-old woman at her home in the 400 block of Morehead Street, according to a press release from the Moberly Police Department.  An autopsy is expected to be performed on Tuesday.

Two other people wounded during Sunday’s incidents were taken to University Hospital in Columbia.  One is listed in fair condition.  The second suffered serious injuries.

Prosecutors have said additional charges are pending.  Bond for Nichols and Lewis was set at $1 million each.

Press Release from the Moberly Police Department

On Sunday, March 31, 2013, at approximately 8:15 p.m, Randolph County Sheriff deputies were called to respond to a reported vehicle fire on Randolph County Road 2515, in southern Randolph County. While en route, deputies were called to respond to a report of two individuals who had been shot at a residence on Highway Route D, also in Randolph County. Deputies responded to the location of the shooting incident and two subjects were found to be suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Both were taken to the University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. Currently, one of the victims is listed in fair condition and the second is listed in serious condition. While at the shooting scene, another victim, who lives a short distance from the shooting scene reported she had been assaulted by a white male and a black male, and her vehicle stolen. At this time, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department received another report of a residential burglary and the theft of another vehicle in the Higbee, Missouri area. During the course of the investigation, deputies were able to link the stolen vehicles and incidents to the white and black male suspect who had reportedly assaulted and stole a vehicle near the shooting incident. The burned vehicle found of Randolph County Road 2515 was determined to have been stolen from a resident in Moberly and that information was provided to the Moberly Police Department.

On Sunday, March 31, 2013, shortly before midnight, with information gained from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Moberly Police officers responded to a residence in the 400 block of Morehead Street, in an attempt to contact the victim of the stolen vehicle found burned on Randolph County Road 2515. Upon arrival, officers discovered the residence to be unsecure. Officers made entry into the residence and found the 92 year old female resident dead as a result of suspected foul play. An autopsy is scheduled to be conducted at the Boone County Medical Examiner’s office on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

Earlier in the day, Moberly Police officers investigated a shoplifting incident at the Moberly Super Walmart, involving a white male and a black male suspect. During the investigation of this incident, it was determined that a Walmart sales associate was able to obtain the license number from the suspect vehicle which was determined to have been stolen in Macon, Missouri on March 31, 2013. As investigative leads developed, law enforcement agencies were able to identify the possible suspects of the Randolph County crime spree. Further developments lead law enforcement to the city of Macon, where officers believed the suspects were in hiding.

On Monday, April 1, 2013, at approximately 10:00 a.m., members of the Macon Police Department, Moberly Police Department, Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Macon County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and members of a Missouri State Highway Patrol SWAT team, were able to take an 18 year old black male and 22 year old white male, both of Macon, Missouri, into custody without incident. The names of the suspects will be released when arrest warrants are issued.

The investigation is on-going by the Moberly Police Department, Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Macon Police Department, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control. Due to this being an on-going criminal investigation, it would be inappropriate for us to discuss further details of the incidents or any matters of evidence.

As new information becomes available, information will be provided by the Moberly Police Department and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department.

On Monday, April 1, 2013, Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Fusselman filed charges of First Degree Murder on Jeffery Jay Nichols and Christopher D Lewis. Bond has been set at $1,000,000.00 by Judge Cynthia Suter. Both subjects are currently being held in Chariton and Randolph County Jails awaiting arraignment.

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