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Man accused of fatally shooting teenage boy in mobile phone store

Police said the incident was recorded on security video. Police say Joeron Mottley admitted to the crime in an interview.

JENNINGS, Mo. — A 19-year-old man was charged with murder Tuesday in connection with a shooting at a cell phone store in Jennings, Missouri, last month.

Joeron Mottley has been charged with first degree murder and criminal action with a weapon in connection with the February 26 shooting that claimed the life of 17-year-old De’Marion Jones.

The shooting occurred at J’s Wireless on the 9300 block of Lewis and Clark Boulevard around 10:45 a.m. A St. Louis County Police Department news release said Mottley was inside the store in which Jones entered. When Mottley saw Jones, he shot him. in the chest.

The store was also listed on Facebook as “Jays Wireless”.

The shooting left Jones seriously injured. He died in hospital shortly thereafter.

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Police said the incident was recorded on security video. Police also said Mottley admitted to the crime in an interview.

Police said officers learned during their investigation that Mottley and Jones knew each other.

Mottley is being held in the St. Louis County Jail on $500,000 cash-only bond.

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