A second man from Jefferson City has been charged in connection with a slaying that occurred in May at the Lake of the Ozarks.
On Thursday, Camden County prosecutors charged Craig Hawkins Jr., 23, with second-degree murder and first-degree assault.
Chad Brewer, 29, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder, delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Hawkins and Brewer are believed to be involved in the shooting of Vonza Watson, 27, a rapper and visual artist who went by the stage name VNZA. Authorities believe it was Brewer who shot Watson.
The Camden County Sheriff's Office identified Watson as the victim after the May 29 shooting at Lazy Gators entertainment venue near Lake Ozark. He was shot in the chest.
Watson, who grew up in Jefferson City and Michigan, had most recently been living in the Kansas City area.
Court documents show investigators talked to Brewer the day after the shooting, and he reportedly said he didn't have anything to do with the shooting, but claimed he did get into a fight with Watson. Authorities said Brewer claimed he once was friends with Watson, and he believed Watson was shot intentionally.
Investigators obtained video footage from a bar patron and surveillance cameras, which they say showed several people fighting when Brewer raised his arm and fired a shot.
Hawkins was also seen by investigators in the videos accompanying Brewer. A video allegedly shows during the fight, Watson is struck by Brewer as he was bent over, defenseless at the bar, face down. The video also allegedly shows Hawkins striking Watson with closed fists multiple times. As Watson was being struck by Hawkins, authorities said, Brewer discharged the firearm, ultimately leading to Watson's death.
In June, while in custody in Camden County, Brewer made a call at the jail, and authorities said his conversation was about the shooting. He allegedly told the call recipient to not post pictures of him wearing a pink shirt, which authorities said Brewer is seen wearing the night of the shooting.
Hawkins was picked up by Jefferson City police Wednesday. Authorities showed him the video of the shooting and he allegedly told them he was there that night, and Brewer was with him. Investigators said Hawkins admitted he was involved in the fight before the shooting and he did strike Watson. Hawkins then said he left the bar after the shooting.