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3 men charged in fatal shooting in Springfield in February

July 7, 2021 GMT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Three men have been charged with murder in connection with a fatal shooting in Springfield in February.

Felony murder charges were filed Tuesday by the Greene County prosecutor’s office against Timothy Johnson, 32, and Rickey Rose, 34, and a second-degree murder charge was filed against Paul Morales, 28, KYTV reports.

The charges arise from the fatal shooting of Chandler Sweaney, 23.

Court documents said Johnson and Morales went to Sweaney’s home to see Rose, who was renting a room from Sweaney, and that Johnson and Morales sought to buy drugs and a gun.

Rose asked to speak to Johnson and Morales in his room and later, witnesses heard two gunshots, court documents said. According to witnesses, Morales ran into the living room holding a gun and fired at Sweaney and a witness.

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Sweaney died at the scene and Rose was wounded in the leg.

Morales was later arrested during a traffic stop in April, and Johnson was arrested during a traffic stop in May.

All three defendants also were charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, and Johnson and Morales also were charged with armed criminal action.

Springfield police said all three men are being held in the Greene County Jail without bond.