2 charged with manslaughter in fatal Cape Girardeau shooting

Charges Filed

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say two Cape Girardeau men have been charged in a deadly shooting.

Thirty-year-old Richard Jenkins and 22-year-old Laterrius Triplett were charged Tuesday with second-degree involuntary manslaughter, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Neither man has an attorney.

The Southeast Missourian (http://bit.ly/2dK27Uz ) reports that they’re accused of shooting 30-year-old Brent Johnson last week in Cape Girardeau.

The probable cause statement says the shooting happened after Triplett and another man, Darieth Nunley, got into a fight outside a home during a party. A police sergeant said Triplett was still angry after the altercation and attempted to take Jenkins’ weapon with the intent of going after Nunley.

As they struggled, the gun went off, striking Johnson. The sergeant said the suspects blamed each other.