Bond denied to teens charged in Megan Boken murder - FOX 32 News Chicago

Bond denied to teens charged in Megan Boken murder

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Murder charges were filed Friday against two 18-year-old St. Louis men for the slaying of Megan Boken, a 23-year-old Wheaton native who was shot in her car last Saturday while in St. Louis for a volleyball game.

Keith Esters and Johnathan Perkins, who are cousins, targeted Boken because they saw her talking on her cell phone in the city's Central West End neighborhood, according to documents from the City of St. Louis circuit attorney's office.

Esters shot Boken twice, in the chest and the neck, while trying to steal the phone, according to the court records. Boken was talking to her mother at the time of the shooting. Perkins allegedly drove Esters to and from the murder scene and told police that Esters told him he shot Boken.

Police tracked the pair by using records from another cell phone stolen in the same neighborhood, according to the court papers. The cell phone records led to Esters' girlfriend, who told police that Esters told her he was involved in the fatal shooting. She also told police that Esters and Perkins had planned to commit a robbery in the neighborhood where Boken was shot, according to the court records.

Esters allegedly told police he saw Boken on her cell phone and "decided that she would be the target of a robbery." He then shot Boken twice, according to the charges.

A witness identified Esters as the man running from the crime scene.

Esters was charged with first degree murder, first degree attempted robbery and two counts of armed criminal action. Perkins was charged with second degree murder, second degree attempted robbery and two counts of armed criminal action.

Bond for both men was denied, said a spokeswoman for Jennifer Joyce, the City of St. Louis circuit attorney.

The charges come a day after family and friends buried Boken, a Saint Louis University alumna described by her family as a "wonderful and beautiful human being loved by everyone she met."

Paul Boken, Megan's father, issued a statement Thursday night thanking St. Louis police and the Chicago-area community. The statement read:

"I understand that the St. Louis Police Department apprehended several suspects in this case. We are gratified with the progress in this case and with the efforts of the St. Louis Police Department. We also are very appreciative of the efforts of several people in the Central West End who came to our daughter Megan's aid after the incident. I would like to thank the St. Louis Police Department for their hard work and those individuals who have come forward to assist in this case.

"I would like to thank the communities of St. Michael's Catholic Church, St. Francis High School and Saint Louis University who have been so supportive of our family over the last several days. The services for our daughter took place simultaneously in Wheaton, Ill. at St. Michael's and at Saint Louis University, and were of great comfort to our family."

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