Defendant Demerio Merriweather, then just 16, also was indicted on felony charges of possession of a deadly weapon in the commission of a dangerous felony and theft of property over $1,000. He is being held without bond.
Investigators said that shortly after 1 a.m. on Jan. 20, 2019, victim Michael Moore had stopped at the Twins Market in the 700 block of Jackson and was talking with a witness after coming out of the store. While they were talking, an unknown male got into Moore’s 1993 Chevrolet Cavalier and drove away.
Moore and the witness searched for and found the vehicle parked on Waldran and Decatur next to a church. Moore saw the man who stole his car walking away, but when he confronted him the suspect pulled a gun and shot him several times.
Merriweather became a suspect through a tip on CrimeStoppers, then gave a statement of admission to police.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Paul Goodman.