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story.lead_photo.caption Devin Schrimpf Photo by Cole County Sheriff's Department

A Holts Summit teenager has been charged in a Halloween murder in Cole County.

Cole County prosecutors charged Devin Schrimpf, 17, with first-degree murder and armed criminal action Wednesday for the shooting death of Marquise Conley, 18.

Police also said another juvenile male was taken into custody in connection with this crime. His charges will be handled through the Juvenile Court.

Officers were called to a residence in the 1900 block of Rolling Hills Drive around 3:19 a.m. Oct. 31 for a reported weapons offense, according to a Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statement.

Officers found Conley dead in a back bedroom as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.

A witness stated Schrimpf had placed multiple calls to the residence prior to the shooting. Schrimpf allegedly had said he would "pull up" and that he would "shoot" the place up.

A second witness told officers Schrimpf had gone to the Rolling Hills address during the day Oct. 30 and became angry when he learned another man was in the house. The witness said Schrimpf had to be forced out of the home. After leaving, he allegedly called this witness saying he would "kill everybody over there; I'm shooting the place up."

This second witness was admitted to St. Mary's Hospital about two hours prior to the shooting. Hospital video reportedly showed Schrimpf arriving at the hospital a few minutes after the shooting was reported. When asked what Schrimpf had talked about at this time, the witness stated Schrimpf had said, "It's just me and you; it's always going to be me and you."

Schrimpf allegedly admitted to detectives he had made a phone call to the first witness and that he had visited the home earlier in the day and another man was there. Detectives reported Schrimpf "provided inconsistent information and was deceptive during the interview."

The case has been assigned to Cole County Associate Circuit Judge Cotton Walker. No hearing date has been set.

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