ST ANN, Mo. — Two men are facing murder charges after police said they tricked a man into a St. Ann home and killed him during a robbery.
Over the weekend, 19-year-old Antonio Jones and 18-year-old Marlois Moore were each charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two counts on armed criminal action in connection with the shooting death of Joshua Vaughn on Feb. 3.
In charging documents, investigators said Jones and Moore invited Vaughn to a home on Millwood Avenue in St. Ann. When Vaughn arrived, Jones and Moore both pulled out guns and demanded money, charging documents said.
After Vaughn transferred money to them, they forced him into the basement of the home. Before Vaughn reached the basement, investigators said he got into a struggle with one of the suspects. Police said one or both of the suspects shot Vaughn multiple times, killing him.
Police said both men fled the scene, and one headed toward a middle school while armed with multiple guns.
Both Jones and Moore were arrested, and police say they both "confessed that the shooting occurred" in interviews with police.
Jones and Moore are both being held on $1 million bonds.
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