Teen Accused of Murder After Man’s Body Discovered in an Air Mattress

(PatriotWise.com) — An 18-year-old Missouri man was charged with second-degree murder, armed criminal action, and tampering with evidence in connection to a January 8 shooting in St. Peters, KMOV reported.

According to a statement from the St. Peters Police Department, Jackson Pierce, 18, was arrested along with a juvenile following a shooting on Willot Square Drive last Monday in which 23-year-old Dalton Coleman was killed.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that police responded to the scene after being contacted by an attorney representing a man who wanted to report a possible homicide.

The man, who lived at the same residence as Pierce, said after leaving Monday afternoon to go to St. Louis, he received several phone calls from Pierce complaining to him about Coleman, whom he said was demanding certain items and behaving erratically.

The man told St. Peters police that a short time later, Pierce called him again to say that he shot and killed Coleman. The man instructed Pierce to call the police, but he refused.

Police surveilled the property for several hours, during which the only activity observed was a DoorDash worker delivering food.

Police contacted the St. Charles County SWAT unit, which arrived on the scene and, using a loudspeaker, ordered the occupants to leave the house. A short time later, Pierce and the juvenile emerged and were taken into custody.

Pierce told police that after Coleman became erratic, he and the juvenile retreated to a bedroom and began collecting the items Coleman wanted, including a gun.

Pierce claimed that Coleman forced his way in and tried to assault him. At that point, the two began struggling for the weapon. He told police that when he got control of the firearm, he shot Coleman 14 times.

According to KSDK, an autopsy on Coleman revealed that he had been shot 15 times.

After the shooting, Pierce and the juvenile tried to clean up the scene.

During a search of the property following the arrests, officers discovered Coleman’s body wrapped in an air mattress. His head had been covered with a trash bag.

The juvenile was transferred to St. Charles County Family Court to face charges. He remains in custody.

Pierce was being held on a $1 million cash-only bond.

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