2 Missouri men charged in killings of 3 people
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Two men have been charged in the shooting deaths of two of their ex-roommates in a southwest Missouri home, and one of the suspects is accused of killing a woman the following day.
Luis Perez, 23, was charged Tuesday with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 38-year-old Steven Marler, 23-year-old Aaron Hampton and 21-year-old Sabrina Starr. Perez, whom federal authorities believe was in the U.S. illegally, also faces eight other felonies counts.
A second man, 19-year-old Aaron Anderson, was charged as an accomplice with two counts of first-degree murder in Marler and Hampton’s deaths and three other felonies.
Perez and Anderson remain jailed without bond in Greene County. No attorneys are listed for them in online court records.
Police said in charging documents that Perez had recently come to Springfield from New Jersey, where he had active warrants.
According to the documents, Perez opened fire Thursday after he and Anderson were kicked out of a Springfield home. The documents said Anderson told investigators he could hear the victims “begging for their lives” as he listened to Perez on speaker phone while waiting outside in a sport utility vehicle with Starr.
Authorities said Perez returned to the scene after seeing another man arrive there and fired more rounds. The trio then returned to Starr’s home, where Perez had been staying with Anderson after they were kicked out of the victims’ home.
Days before the shooting, Starr gave Perez a gun that she had stolen and he gave her some tattoos. Police said it’s unclear whether that gun was used in any of the killings.
Starr had posted photos on Facebook of her with Hampton, including some with them embracing and kissing. Police said she was shot six times at her home on Friday. Her body was found the next day by a relative.
Police obtained a warrant to search several Facebook accounts and found messages from Perez, trying to trade a handgun after the killings. Perez called it a “dirty” handgun because it “Got bodies,” authorities said.
Police also said Perez’s girlfriend, Dalia Garcia, arrived on a bus from New Jersey on Friday and helped burn evidence. She is jailed on $75,000 bond on a charge of tampering with evidence.