Boone County court documents show the motive behind the murder of a Columbia teenager was the shooter felt threatened by the victim.
Tre'Veon Marshall,17, was murdered on July 14 in McKee Street Park.
Authorities charged Joshua Dewayne Murray,18, and Nicholas Raheem Thomas,19, with first-degree murder and armed criminal action for Marshall's murder.
Kimberly Huet-Linzie, 17, was charged with hindering the prosecution.
According to court documents, Murray told police he was a long time friend of Marshall. Murray told investigators that he and Thomas were friends with another murder victim Bryan Rankin. Rankin was gunned down on April 7, 2012 by Lamarr Mayfield. Thomas was allegedly in the same car as Rankin at the time of the murder after an altercation on West Sugar Tree Lane. Police arrested Mayfield for Rankinâ??s murder and charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action. Mayfield was sentenced to 17 years in prison.
Murray told police Marshall was a member of â??Mayfieldâ??s crewâ??. Court documents show Marshall displayed a handgun to Murray about a month before Marshall's murder. Murray told investigators that he felt threatened by Marshall.
Murray stated that Huett-Linzie drove him and Thomas to look for people they were â??Beefingâ?? with. Murray said they saw Marshall with a loaded handgun near McKee Park. Murray said he and Thomas entered the park, covered their faces with their T-shirts and wanted to fight Marshall. Murray said Thomas shot Marshall in the back and Marshall fell to the ground yelling for help. Murray said Thomas then fired four more shots at Marshall. Court documents show Huet-Linzie then drove Murray and Thomas to a mutual friend's home.
The female with Marshall at the time of the murder told police she saw two men in the park. The female identified Thomas from a police photograph.
Columbia police investigators told KRCG 13 that the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.