CHARLESTON, MO (KFVS) - A Washington state man charged with murder under the felony-murder rule was bound over to appear in circuit court on June 12.
Andra R. Phillips, 34, of Puyallup, Washington is charged with murder in the second degree (under the felony-murder rule), distribution of a controlled substance near government assisted housing, and, in the alternative, murder in the second degree (conventional), in connection with the death or Gregory Gary.
Gary was found dead with a gunshot wound to the abdomen on April 10 in an apartment in Charleston.
The court found probable cause on June 5 to believe that felonies were committed and that the defendant committed the felonies.
Police say Phillips was hired to protect Gary while selling marijuana was shot and killed. Phillips is not believed to be the shooter.
Mississippi County Prosecutor Darren Cann says Phillips is charged under the felony murder rule because he is suspected of committing a crime, helping sell marijuana, when a man was shot and killed.
Charleston Police officers found Gary Jr. shot at government assistance housing at 706 Grand Avenue.
While processing the scene, officers found several pounds of processed marijuana that were packaged in several bags and vacuum sealed in plastic wrap.
Phillips was at the scene and told police he was paid by Gary to assist in the distribution of marijuana. He told police that Gary paid him $200 to drive Gary's car from Washington state to Charleston. Phillips also told police Gary had grown the marijuana in Washington state.
According to the probable cause statement, Phillips says Gary had sold about two pounds of marijuana to several people in the Charleston area and that Gary had asked him to "watch his back" while was selling the marijuana because he did not know the people in the area.
Phillips told police he thought whoever killed Gary was motivated by the marijuana and large sums of money from selling marijuana.
Phillips said Gary was selling the marijuana for $250 to $500 an ounce.