Teen suspect in Chuck E. Cheese's episode certified as adult

Friday, March 30, 2012 | 12:41 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A 16-year-old suspected of firing gunshots outside Chuck E. Cheese's Restaurant on Feb. 20 has been certified as an adult and faces multiple felony charges stemming from the crime.

James Terrell Miller, 16, of 200 E. Snead Drive, Apt. 2, is charged with armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and first-degree assault. He was being held Friday morning at the Boone County Jail on $300,000 bond.

The episode outside Chuck E. Cheese's on Feb. 20 was one of a series of shots-fired incidents that occurred across the city in January and February. Police Chief Ken Burton said at the time that the crimes were believed to be connected and related to an ongoing dispute between members of two rival groups.

Police, at the time the shots were fired outside Chuck E. Cheese's, 2003 W. Worley St., said a male who was seen outside and in the lobby of the business appeared to be the intended target of the shooting. He was seen on surveillance video ducking and running while the shots were being fired.

No court appearance had been scheduled for Miller as of Friday morning, but he will be represented by public defender Christopher Hayes, according to Missouri Casenet.

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