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Sikeston man in custody in connection with liquor store homicide

Antoine A. Harris-Applewhite (Source: Sikeston Department of Public Safety) Antoine A. Harris-Applewhite (Source: Sikeston Department of Public Safety)
Samuel L. Sanders III (Source: The Sanders family) Samuel L. Sanders III (Source: The Sanders family)
(Source: Katrina James) (Source: Katrina James)
SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) -

A man has turned himself in to the Scott County Sheriff's Office in connection with a liquor store shooting.

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said Antoine A. Harris-Applewhite turned himself in at about 5:40  p.m.

He is charged with murder first, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and felon in possession of a gun. He is being held on a $500,000 cash only bond.

The SEMO Major Case Squad was activated in hopes of find Applewhite.

The Sikeston DPS identified Antoine A. Harris-Applewhite, 33, of Sikeston as the suspect in the Dec. 19 murder of Samuel L. Sanders III, 35, of Sikeston. 

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Harris-Applewhite.

The shooting:

Sikeston DPS Captain Jim McMillen reports Sanders was shot on Saturday afternoon at around 5 p.m. in the parking lot of Westside Liquor.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found Sanders shot in the chest, lying in the roadway in front of West Side Liquor. 

Several bystanders told officers the shooting occurred in the parking lot of the liquor store and the victim ran towards the roadway as he tried to get away from the gunshots. 

Sanders was found unconscious, and was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

Investigators later learned that Applewhite and Sanders got in a fight at Westside Liquor, which escalated to the shooting. Evidence of the shooting was found in the parking lot of Westside liquor.

The investigation:

Scott County Prosecutor Paul Boyd filed charges on Applewhite on Sunday, Dec. 20 for murder in the 1st degree, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and being felon in possession of a firearm.  

Applewhite’s whereabouts remain unknown and police are asking the public's help in locating him.

Authorities are also asking anyone with information or cell phone video of any part of this incident to contact the department. It is rumored that bystanders may have some of this incident recorded as cell phone video. Any of this video could be very helpful in this investigation and authorities are asking that those that have video to please contact the department.

McMillen requests anyone with information on the incident to call Sikeston DPS at 573-471-4711.

Background information:

According to Captain McMillen, Harris-Applewhite is the cousin of William Henry-Applewhite III, 27, of Sikeston, and Gailon Lamarous Applewhite, 29, of Sikeston. 

William and Gailon Applewhite are half-brothers accused in the shooting death of Christopher Qurvon West, 31, of Sikeston, who died after he was shot near College Street on Sunday, Jan. 11. 

The brothers were on the run for almost two weeks before being caught.

Galion is expected to appear in court on March 8, 2016 for a case review.

William is scheduled for a pre-trial conference on April, 4, 2016.

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