Murder charges were filed on Monday against two suspects that were arrested following a crime spree that began on Sunday night in Moberly and ended Monday morning in Macon. The Randolph County prosecuting attorney charged Jeffery Nichols and Christopher Lewis with first degree murder, with bond set at $1,000,000 each.
The two men are currently in jail. Their ages and hometowns have not been announced.
Authorities believe the two suspects were responsible for the death of a 92-year old Moberly woman whose car was set on fire, a series of vehicle thefts in Randolph County in which two men were shot, and a shoplifting incident at the Moberly Wal-Mart. Macon Police Chief Steve Olinger says officers from the Moberly Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Sheriff's Departments from Randolph and Macon Counties assisted in making the arrests on Monday morning along South Rollins Street in Macon.
The two men who were shot have been taken to a Columbia hospital. Their names have not been announced, but the Randolph County sheriff says one man is in serious condition, while the other victim is listed in fair condition.