Murder charges filed in Sikeston killings

Associated Press
The Rolla Daily News

SIKESTON — Three southeast Missouri men are charged with first-degree murder and other crimes for a shooting at a party that killed two women and injured seven other people.

The Sikeston Standard Democrat reported that 21-year-old Deantrell Damon Beard, 20-year-old Antonio Marcus Johnson Jr. and 20-year-old Tyshonne Lamar Williams also are charged with seven counts of first-degree assault, nine counts of armed criminal action and weapons charges. All three are from Sikeston. They are jailed without bond.

The shooting happened June 7 at a party in Sikeston. Police said a vehicle drove by and someone fired several shots into a crowd outside a home, killing 21-year-old Kimyata Haynes and 20-year-old Faquazia Wilson, both of Charleston. Seven other people suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

Sikeston Department of Public Safety Chief James McMillen said in a news release that the shooting stemmed from a feud over drug sales and gang activity.