Second suspect charged with murder in shooting outside of Springfield convenience store

Harrison Keegan
Springfield News-Leader

A second suspect has been charged in a fatal shooting from August outside of a Springfield convenience store.

Cody Westmoreland, 24, was arrested and charged Saturday with second-degree murder in the death of 49-year-old Jason E. Masters.

Prosecutors had charged 22-year-old Garrett Eagle with murder in this case back in August, but court documents filed then referenced a second suspect whose name was not included. 

Cody Westmoreland and Garrett Eagle

Further investigation has led police to believe Westmoreland is the second suspect in the fatal shooting at the Conoco Village Mart at 2720 W. Kearney St. on Aug. 13.

Eagle and Westmoreland are also accused of robbing a different person who was walking down the street less than an hour after the homicide.

Previously:Springfield man charged with murder in shooting outside of convenience store

In interviews with police, both Westmoreland and Eagle said they approached Masters in the parking lot that day because he owed money to one of them, according to court documents.

Court documents say Eagle told police Westmoreland was the shooter, and Westmoreland told police Eagle was the shooter. 

Prosecutors charged both men under the felony murder rule, which holds people culpable for murder if they commit a felony that leads to someone's death — regardless of whether they actually killed the victim.

From Aug. 14:49-year-old Springfield man dies after shooting outside convenience store Friday

Both suspects are being held in the Greene County Jail.

Prosecutors say Westmoreland had just been released from prison on parole supervision four months before the shooting.