Two teenage suspects charged with murdering 15-year-old boy

1 month 10 hours 30 minutes ago Monday, September 21 2020 Sep 21, 2020 Monday, September 21, 2020 4:25:00 PM CDT September 21, 2020 in News
By: Stephanie Southey, KOMU 8 Digital Content Editor

PHELPS COUNTY- Two teenage suspects allegedly murdered a 15-year-old boy after the three ran away from the Great Circle facility in St. James, according to probable cause statements issued by the Phelps County Circuit Court Office.

Cody Armistead, 17, and Enoch Phillips, 18, are each charged with first-degree murder.

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, Armistead, Phillips and the 15-year-old victim, C.H., ran away from the Great Circle facility. Armistead and Philips were the only two to return on Thursday, Sept. 17 and claimed they did not know where C.H. was located. 

According to the probable cause statement, Armistead confided in two fellow clients they killed C.H. One client came forward with the information. 

The statement says detectives first interviewed Armistead and Phillips on Thursday Sept. 17 and no disclosers were made about the victim's whereabouts. 

In a second interview on Friday, Sept. 18, both suspects confessed to murdering the 15-year-old boy by assaulting him and taking turns strangling him. 

Armistead agreed to show detectives where the body was located. Upon arriving to an open field near the 600 block of Meramec Street in St. James, it was confirmed the C.H. was deceased. According to the statement, it was self-evident that a homicide had been committed.

Both are currently incarcerated at the Phelps County Jail on a 24-hour hold. A criminal history of Armistead revealed one pending charge for second degree assault and no prior convictions for Phillips.

Great Circle is a behavioral health facility in St. James. It also has locations in Columbia and Springfield. 

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