Juvenile suspect will be tried as an adult in February homicide

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A juvenile charged in connection with the fatal shooting of another teen in the parking lot of a Columbia liquor store was certified Monday to stand trial as an adult.

Bradley Edward Enyart, 16, is one of the six suspects charged in the shooting death of 18-year-old Ronald Cornell "Corey" Brown in the parking lot of Ballenger Liquor and C-Store on Feb 16.

All six suspects have been charged with first-degree attempted robbery and second-degree murder.

According to the probable cause statement, Ashtin Levi Weger, 19, told the police that he, the victim and Andre Joshua Lee, 21, had arranged to meet Enyart in the parking lot of the liquor store to buy marijuana.

Soon after they got there, a dark-colored Jeep Cherokee pulled into the parking lot, and Enyart came out of the car and fired a handgun at the three men, according to the statement.

One of the bullets struck Brown in the lower abdomen and pelvic area, Weger told the police. Brown was later pronounced dead at University Hospital.

The four people in the car, Nicholas James Weavers, 21, Michael Leshawn McHenry, 17, Enyart and another juvenile, planned to rob the three men of the $2,100 they expected to get during the drug exchange, McHenry told the police.

According to the statement, the four men didn't bring the marijuana to the liquor store parking lot; they arrived with the purpose of robbing the would-be buyers.

After a Family Court Judge certified Enyart as an adult Monday, Enyart was taken into the custody of the Boone County Jail.

A request for $1,000,000 cash-only bond has been filed.

Currently, the other juvenile suspect, N.S.W., has not been certified as an adult and remains in the custody of  juvenile authorities.

Lee has a scheduled preliminary hearing in front of Boone County Circuit Judge Deborah Daniels on April 16.

The preliminary hearings of three other males charged in the case have also been set: Weger's hearing will be on April 17; McHenry's hearing will be on April 28; and Weavers' hearing will be on May 1. Their hearings will be before Boone County Circuit Judge Christine Carpenter.


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