ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Two 17-year-olds are facing charges Friday in connection to the death of a 64-year-old man who was found in the front yard of his home in St. Charles Thursday morning.
Police said they have taken 17-year-old Damontaye Perkins of St. Louis County and 17-year-old Verjulia Watkins of Lake St. Louis in custody after discovering the two planned and coordinated the murder of Roy Cedric Nash.
Nash was found dead just after 7:10 a.m. in the 1800 block of Willow Oak Thursday.
Police also said Watkins is the granddaughter of Nash. Watkins and Perkins had planned to murder Nash following continued disputes between the man and the couple.
Police said Perkins admitted to shooting Nash and Watkins admitted to stealing Nash's wallet and phone after he was shot and lying in the yard. The two then left in Nash's vehicle.
Police said Watkins also tampered with evidence at the crime scene by removing items like the gun used to shoot Nash in an attempt to impair the investigation.
Neighbors told News 4 Watkins did live with 64-year-old at one point but not recently. Court documents show Nash was her guardian in a limited capacity but asked the courts to end that guardianship in August.
Watkins was in custody of Youth In Need, a shelter that does foster care placement.
Perkins is being charged with second degree murder, armed criminal action, stealing a motor vehicle and tampering with physical evidence. Watkins is being charged with stealing a vehicle, stealing and tampering with physical evidence.
With the help of several witnesses, police said they were able to connect the dots quickly.
"We didn't think at any point in our investigation that this was anything other than an ongoing dispute with family members," said St. Charles Captain Ray Juengst,.
After Nash was found, the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis was requested to conduct a homicide investigation.
Perkins is being held on $250,000 cash bond and Watkins is being held on $50,000 cash bond.