ST. JOSEPH, Mo.– Five total suspects have been charged in connection with the shooting death of 18-year-old Skylar Powell, who was found dead May 18, 2016 in St. Joseph near 22nd and Colhoun.
A drug deal that ended in gunfire three weeks ago has left one teen dead and five suspects charged in his death.
Dayne Alexander Matthews, 19, of St. Joseph, Justin D. Smith, 20, of Agency, Ashten Haylee Surritte, 19, and Kyle W. Smith, 25, have been charged in connection with Powell’s death.
A 16-year-old has also been charged; however the suspect’s name and photo will not be released at this time.
According to probable cause statements, Surritte conspired with Powell to rob Matthews and Justin Smith of a quarter pound of marijuana. Surritte supplied Powell with Matthews’ phone number and picture.
According to the Buchanan County prosecuting attorney, Smith and Matthews attempted to sell the marijuana to Powell when the 16-year-old and Powell reportedly attempted to rob the two. A total of 15 to 18 shots were fired during the shooting, one which struck Powell as Smith was driving away, killing him.
Kyle Smith, 25, is also charged for allegedly supplying Justin Smith with the marijuana. Court records indicate Kyle Smith gave Justin Smith the marijuana with the intent for resale. Kyle then later took possession of the semiautomatic used in the shooting and disposed of the weapon in order to prevent the discovery of that weapon by law enforcement, obstructing the prosecution of Justin Smith.
Matthews is charged with one count of distributing, manufacturing, producing, or attempting to, or possession with the intent to distribute, manufacture or produce a controlled substance, and one count of tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution. He is scheduled to appear in court June 27, 2016, at 3 p.m. in St. Joseph for a Preliminary Hearing. Court records indicate Matthews posted a full cash bond of $24,000.
Justin Smith is charged with one count of voluntary manslaughter and one count of armed criminal action. He is set to appear for a Preliminary Hearing June 27, 2016, at 3 p.m. in St. Joseph. A bond has been set for Smith at $50,000.
Kyle Smith is charged with distributing, manufacturing, producing, or attempt to, or possession with the intent to distribute, manufacture or produce a controlled substance, and one count of tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution. A $20,000 bond has been set and he is scheduled to appear in court June 20, 2016 at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph.
Surritte is charged with attempted robbery in the first degree. A $20,000 bond has been set and she is set to appear in court June 20, 2016 at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph.
The 16-year-old suspect has been charged with a class A felony of murder in the second degree by the Buchanan County Juvenile Court.