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Three men wanted in connection with fatal shooting in Columbia arrested in Oklahoma

COLUMBIA, Missouri (KMIZ)

Court documents filed Thursday show that several men wanted for murder in connection with the June 2023 shooting on Dove Drive in Columbia are in custody after being arrested by Muscogee Nation tribal police in Oklahoma.

Deazes Turner, 20, Deljuan Turner, 20, and Alqueze Jones were arrested, according to Boone County District Attorney Roger Johnson and court records. All three men are charged with second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action. Extradition orders have been issued for all three men. A court date has not yet been set.

All three were wanted in connection with the shooting death of 33-year-old Deshon Joseph Houston. Houston was found dead outside a home in the 3200 block of Dove Drive on June 26, 2023.

Four other suspects who police say were involved in the fatal shooting are also in custody.

Jajuan Crockett was charged with premeditated murder, unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action, first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, aiding and abetting theft, theft more than $750 and tampering with evidence after a supplemental indictment was filed May 17. He has a hearing scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Ja'Shaun Barney, 19, was charged with first-degree premeditated murder, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with a motor vehicle. He is being held without bail in the Boone County Jail. His hearing is scheduled for Monday, July 1, at 8:30 a.m.

Bryton Allen, 20, was charged with first-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of a weapon. His hearing was scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, June 28.

Also in this case, 19-year-old Damarkus Williams was charged with second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action. He is being held without bail in the Boone County Jail. Williams' hearing is scheduled for Monday, July 1, at 8:30 a.m.

The arrests mean that authorities have caught every suspect they identified in homicide cases in 2023. This represents a 100% clearance rate for CPD's homicide cases in 2022 and 2023. Two juvenile suspects remain at large in connection with the Premier Lane shooting, which so far prevents 2024 arrests from being 100% cleared.