ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-- Two cousins are behind bars tonight and are charged with murdering St. Louis University Graduate and volleyball standout Megan Boken. The circuit attorney said as far as she knows the suspects have never been in trouble with the law before.
The probable cause statement indicated both suspects have confessed their involvement to police. One said he was the gunman the other was the getaway driver. 18 year old Keith Esters is charged with first degree murder, 2 counts of armed criminal action and attempted robbery. His cousin 18 year old Johnathan Perkins is charged with second degree murder, 2 counts of armed criminal action and attempted robbery.
Authorities said the two admitted to driving to the Central West End Saturday afternoon to rob someone. They spotted Boken on her cell phone and Esters determined she would be the robbery target. Esters tried to steal the phone but did not get it. He ran to Perkins’ vehicle, he was waiting nearby and they fled the scene. Megan had been shot twice, in the neck and chest.
Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce called Megan’s parent to tell them about the charges, “They were contacted by our office we explained all the charges to them we also have victims advocated on staff who will work with them throughout this entire process as you can imagine it’s very, very taxing.”
Joyce added this about the parents, “They sounded obviously very, very sad as understandably I think it’s overwhelming to them is my assessment. They wanted to know information. They wanted to know the details I think they are asking why this happened.”
Joyce said homicide detectives did an outstanding job. She salutes witnesses for coming forward and helping with the investigation..
It turns out a stolen car phone from another robbery led to a witness who state her boyfriend, Keith Esters, admitted to her that he was involved in the murder.
The two men are being held without bond.