Police catch suspect wanted in murder of Kirkwood teen


by KMOV.com Staff


Posted on June 19, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 19 at 4:38 PM

(KMOV) – Authorities said a suspect wanted in the shooting death of a teenager at a Kirkwood home has been caught.

Police said Nicholas Lunceford, 19, was located at a motel in the 8700 block of Watson in south St. Louis County Tuesday evening. He was arrested without incident.

Lunceford is accused of shooting 18-year-old Brandon Richards with a handgun at a home on Pleasant Court around 4:30 p.m. Monday. Police said they will seek charges against him. By midday Wednesday, charges had not been filed.

Another suspect, 18-year-old Keenan Miller, was charged Tuesday with one count second-degree murder, one count armed criminal action and one count of attempted distribution of a controlled substance. 

According to police, Miller was delivering marijuana for sale when Richards was shot to death.

Lunceford fled before authorities arrived and Richards was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say Lunceford and Richards both knew one another. The relationship between Richards and Miller was not known. 

Richards graduated from Kirkwood High School shortly before his death.

Miller is being held at the St. Louis County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond. He is being held at the St. Louis County Jail.