Marshall slaying linked to Rankin murder

Friday, August 16, 2013 | 10:25 a.m. CDT; updated 12:25 p.m. CDT, Saturday, August 17, 2013

COLUMBIA — Two teenagers charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of Tre'Veon Marshall knew the victim and were friends with Bryan Rankin, another teen who was murdered last year, according to probable cause statements filed Thursday by Boone County Prosecutor Dan Knight.

Joshua Dewayne Murray, 18, and Nicholas Raheem Thomas, 19, were arrested earlier this week and charged with the July 14 murder of Marshall, who was 17 when he was killed. Murray told investigators that he had known Marshall since middle school and that he and Thomas were friends with Rankin, who was shot and killed in April 2012 by Lamar Mayfield.

Murray also told investigators that Thomas was a passenger in Rankin's car when he was shot and that Marshall was "part of Mayfield's crew."

The probable cause statements filed by Knight include the following narrative written by Detective Joseph Jackson of the Columbia Police Department. It is based on police interviews with Murray; Kimberly Makayla Huett-Linzie, 17, who has been charged with hindering prosecution in the case; and a woman identified only as "H.H.," who was with Marshall on the night of the crime.

On the night of July 14, Huett-Linzie was driving Thomas and Murray around Columbia and knew that the two were looking to fight Marshall. Thomas and Murray were looking for people they were "beefing" with when they saw Marshall and H.H. walking near the park.

Thomas told Huett-Linzie to wait in her car as he and Murray covered their faces with T-shirts. They approached and walked past Marshall and H.H. Marshall told H.H. to run as soon as they passed the two masked men. Thomas shot Marshall in the back once, causing him to fall to the ground. After Marshall tried to call for help, Thomas fired four additional shots at him.

Huett-Linzie said that from her car she heard one gunshot followed by several more. Thomas and Murray then ran to her vehicle and told her to drive away, which she did, eventually taking the two to a friend's house in south Columbia. She told another passenger in the vehicle, identified as "E.H.L.," not to tell police or anyone else what happened.

Police were dispatched to the park at 11:44 p.m. and found Marshall lying on the McKee Street sidewalk with several gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at  University Hospital at 12:31 a.m. June 15.

Thomas and Murray are being held at the Boone County Jail on cash-only bonds of $2 million and $1 million, respectively. Huett-Linzie was released on a $4,500 bond from the jail.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.

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