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Court documents: Two arrested in Sunday shooting didn't pull trigger

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 | 6:45 p.m. CDT; updated 7:55 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 25, 2013

COLUMBIA — While two people have been arrested in connection with Sunday's shooting at a parking lot on Conley Road, neither is suspected of having shot the victim, court documents show.

Samuel Butler, 26, of Columbia, and Joycelynn Brown, 22, of Jefferson City, were arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Anthony Unger, 25, of Jefferson City.

While the probable cause statement does not state that either Butler or Brown shot Unger, according to the Revised Statutes of Missouri, a person can be charged with second-degree murder if he is knowingly responsible for the death of a person or if a person is killed during the perpetration or attempted perpetration of a felony.

Based on statements made by Brown to Columbia police following her arrest, the probable cause statement gave this account of events:

Brown told investigators that Unger asked her to drive with him to Columbia to sell a half pound of marijuana for $1,400. He stashed the bag of marijuana under the hood of Brown's car. As the two were driving to Columbia, Unger said they would be meeting Samuel Butler, whom Unger called "DC."

Brown and Unger met Butler and two, as of yet unidentified, men in the parking lot of Hy-Vee at 25 Conley Road before driving to 21 Conley Road to exchange the drugs for money.

Brown told the police that shortly after Unger retrieved the bag of marijuana from under the hood of her car, one of the unidentified men pulled a gun on Unger and demanded the drugs.

Brown told law enforcement that she ran from the car after the man demanded the drugs and heard several shots. After seeing a car drive away, Brown returned to her car where she found Unger shot.

Unger later died at a hospital.

Police were still investigating the shooting, and more charges and arrests are possible.

"When we discover enough probable cause to arrest someone as the shooter, no matter who it is, we will arrest them or file for a warrant," Columbia Police Sgt. Joe Bernhard said Tuesday afternoon in an email to the Missourian.

Brown and Butler were being held in the Boone County Jail on Tuesday with bail set at $1 million in cash for Butler and $500,000 for Brown.

Supervising editor is Katherine Reed.


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