Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Teen Charged with Killing Man during Carjacking in Jennings

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Teen Charged with Killing Man during Carjacking in Jennings

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JENNINGS * Prosecutors filed murder and other charges Friday against Melford Newlon, 17, who they said killed a 71-year-old man for resisting a carjacking here and bragged about it later.

The victim, Steven White, was found shot, lying in front of a home in the 8700 block of College Avenue in Jennings on Sept. 9. White, of the 4600 block of Seattle Street in Northwoods, died later at a hospital.

Newlon, of the 5500 block of Natural Bridge Avenue in St. Louis, "bragged to others that he 'whacked an old man and took his phone' and that he 'caught a body,'" according to court documents.

They say that he and two other teens approached White about 1:30 a.m. in a driveway on College, and that Newlon brandished a gun and demanded White's keys. When White refused, Newlon shot him in the back of the head.

The three rummaged through the victim's pockets and stole his cellphone, the documents say. …

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