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Jefferson City man charged in murder case

Jefferson City man charged in murder case

December 10th, 2018 by Jeff Haldiman in Local News

Semaj Harris

A Jefferson City man was charged Monday in connection with a murder that occurred last month in the Capital City.

Semaj Harris, 20, is charged with second-degree murder and first-degree robbery for the Nov. 19 killing of Nilez Nichols, 19, of Jefferson City, who died of injuries from a single gunshot.

Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statements show Harris admitted to investigators that he and two others went to a residence in the 1900 block of Stadium Boulevard for a transaction involving marijuana.

Harris allegedly admitted that he forced open the front door to the residence while another person was involved in a struggle for a firearm inside the home. A man involved in the struggle identified Harris as the person who forced open the door during the struggle. This same man also told authorities Harris pointed a firearm at him and told him to stop fighting.

Harris denied having a firearm during this incident.

One of the people involved in the struggle over the firearm called for Nichols to chase after Harris and the others as they ran from the home. Nichols chased the suspects to the sidewalk in front of the home where Nichols was shot. Nichols went back into the home where he collapsed and died from his injuries.

When authorities located Harris in reference to this investigation, authorities said he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest on another unrelated case.

Authorities also said Monday that more arrests are possible in the murder case.