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Jefferson City man charged with murder after shooting at Lazy Gators May 29

LAKE OZARK, Mo. (KMIZ)

A Jefferson City man is charged with the shooting death of a man at Lazy Gators in Camden County over Memorial Day weekend.

Officials allege Chad Brewer shot Vonza Watson in the abdomen after a fight May 29.

Brewer was arrested at the scene after deputies allegedly found drugs in his possession. During the investigation, detectives gathered surveillance footage that showed Brewer shooting a handgun and then leaving the scene, according to the Camden County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

A probable cause statement filed in his case says Brewer also talked about the shooting during a phone call while he was in the Camden County Jail.

Brewer is charged with first-degree murder, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and delivery of a controlled substance. He was jailed without bond.

Brewer is currently at the Missouri Department of Corrections' Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center. He was released from prison on parole May 3. He was taken to Fulton on June 24 for violating parole, a Department of Corrections spokeswoman said.

Brewer has a criminal history out of Jefferson City, according to court documents. Records show he has been arrested in the past for first-degree robbery, peace disturbance and resisting arrest. He was convicted of attempted first-degree robbery in Cole County in 2011.

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