UPDATE: Anderson shooting leaves one dead; suspect in custody

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ANDERSON, Mo. — Charges have been filed for the man connected to the death of a 25-year-old McDonald County man.

19-year-old Levi Watkins made his first appearance in court Friday, entering a not guilty plea. Watkins is facing Second Degree Murder and Armed Criminal Action charges.

The McDonald County Sheriff’s Office says around 8:30 Tuesday night, the 25-year-old man named Jonny Wren was congronted by Watkins and another man at his place of residence in Anderson.

From here, the sheriff says after an argument and fight, gunfire was exchanged. Wren was struck multiple times later dying in a local hospital.

Watkins is scheduled to be back in court June 2nd.


ANDERSON, Mo. — A murder investigation is underway after a deadly shooting in McDonald County.

It happened Wednesday night around 8:30 at 102 Stephens Drive in Anderson.

The McDonald County Sheriff tells us 25-year-old Jonny Wren was confronted at his home by two men.

Those two males accused him of hiding someone they know — they then began to fight him.

The sheriff says gunfire was exchanged between the two males and the victim — Wren was hit multiple times and pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The two men then left the scene, but an attorney arranged the surrender of both men to the sheriff’s office.

One man was released — the other, 19 year old Levi Watkins, is in custody.

Authorities believe the two men did not know Wren personally, but they had common acquaintances

Formal charges are pending.

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