– Matthew Stewart : “Laddonia Man Charged with First Degree Murder in Shooting Death of Vandalia Man”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : First Degree Murder charges have been filed against a Laddonia man in connection with a shooting death in rural Vandalia. The Audrain County prosecutor’s office has officially charged 18-year-old Christopher Brickey with the crime, and he is currently being held without bond at the Audrain County Jail.

The victim in the case has been identified as 23-year-old Matthew Stewart, a resident of Vandalia. According to a press release from Audrain County Sheriff Matt Oller, Stewart was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds along Audrain Road 556 on Thursday afternoon.

Authorities have also apprehended a juvenile suspect in connection with the murder. The suspect is currently in the custody of the Audrain County Juvenile Office and is facing charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action. A mandatory hearing for adult certification is pending for the juvenile suspect.

According to court records, Brickey confessed to investigators that he and the juvenile suspect went to confront Stewart regarding a previous dispute. The motive for the shooting appears to be a robbery of Stewart’s firearm and an alleged altercation between Stewart and a member of the suspect’s family.

During the investigation, Brickey admitted to shooting Stewart, while the juvenile suspect allegedly fired multiple shots at the victim as well. Brickey further disclosed that he and the juvenile approached Stewart’s body and proceeded to shoot it multiple times.

Brickey is scheduled to appear in court for an initial hearing on December 5th at 11am.

The Audrain County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into the case to gather further evidence and establish a clearer picture of the events leading up to the shooting. The community is urged to come forward with any information that may assist law enforcement in their efforts.

As this tragic incident unfolds, the community of Vandalia mourns the loss of Matthew Stewart. The impact of this senseless act of violence reverberates throughout the town, leaving friends, family, and neighbors in shock and grief.

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