St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - The two teens accused in the fatal shooting of a former St. Louis University student athlete visiting from Chicago have been arraigned in St. Louis Circuit Court and were refused bond.
Keith Esters, 18 of Bel Ridge, and Johnathan Perkins, 18 of the Olivette area are both charged in the August 18th murder of 23 year old Megan Boken of Wheaton, Illinois.
Prosecutors charged Esters with first degree murder for being the trigger man in the killing, while Perkins was charged with second degree murder for his role as the getaway driver.
Both Esters and Perkins are also facing charges attempted robbery and armed criminal action in the crime which spurred a flurry of media attention as well as notice from neighborhood safety groups and elected officials.
Boken was shot to death while sitting in her car on Taylor near Maryland in the Central West End, prior to her participation in an alumni volleyball game.
During their initial court appearances Monday, both Esters and Perkins were formally read the charges against them and were then ordered back to jail with no bond set by the assigned judge in the case.
The cases against both teens is expected to go before the Grand Jury.