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Second murder charge filed in connection with Doris Drive shooting

CPD Doris Drive
Boone County Sheriff's Department
Justin Shelton.


Boone County prosecutors on Thursday charged a second person with a teen's killing in a Feb. 5 shooting on Doris Drive.

Justin T. Shelton, 25, of Columbia, faces a charge of second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Joseph V. Taylor. Gracie D. Avery, 20, of Columbia was charged Friday with second-degree murder.

Shelton was charged last week but the case was kept off the internet for five days per a judge's order.

Gracie Avery, 20, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of a teen after a deadly shooting on Doris Drive that happened on Feb. 5. Photo courtesy of the Boone County Jail.

Columbia police officers were sent to a home in the 1400 block of Doris Drive for the shooting.

Court documents say a resident at the home told police that Shelton and Taylor broke into his home. Shelton's probable cause statement said the man told police Shelton and Taylor were in his bedroom. According to the document, one of the men set down a gun and the resident picked it up and shot Taylor.

Officers say the resident admitted to throwing the gun outside after the shooting.

Documents say Taylor's guardian was on a phone call with Shelton and Taylor the night of the shooting. The probable cause statement in Shelton's case said he admitted to going to Doris Drive to buy drugs. Shelton allegedly told Taylor's guardian that Taylor entered the residence and held the occupants at gunpoint and then the men stole drugs and money.

Documents in Avery's case say she admitted to the guardian and another person that she set up a drug deal for Taylor and Shelton at the residence.

Online jail records show Avery is being held in the Boone County Jail on a $500,000 bond. Shelton is being held in the jail without bond.

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Matt Ragsdale

Matt Ragsdale is a broadcast and digital producer at ABC 17 News.


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