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16-year-old suspect in deadly Cape Girardeau shooting to be tried as an adult

Mortez Cleaves (Source: Cape Girardeau Police Department) Mortez Cleaves (Source: Cape Girardeau Police Department)
Tyyeema Cleaves (Source: Cape Girardeau PD) Tyyeema Cleaves (Source: Cape Girardeau PD)
Willie Brown with his parents (Source: Family) Willie Brown with his parents (Source: Family)
Willie Brown died after a shooting Wednesday night (Source: Family) Willie Brown died after a shooting Wednesday night (Source: Family)
(Source: Justin Fischer/KFVS) (Source: Justin Fischer/KFVS)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

An investigation continues after police say Willie Brown Jr. was murdered on Sept. 7 in the 300 block of south Hanover.

Police have identified the 16-year-old suspect as Mortez Z. Cleaves.

Cape Girardeau Police say he has been certified to stand trial as an adult.

Cleaves has been charged with murder in the second degree and armed criminal action.

His bond has been set at $500,000 cash only.

Cleaves was held out-of-state on unrelated charges in September until he was extradited back to Missouri through the Cape Girardeau County Juvenile Office. He has been detained since that time.

Police also arrested a 23-year-old woman in connection with the murder.

According to a press release from Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Chirs Limbaugh, 23-year-old Tyyeema Cleaves, was charged with felony murder in the second degree, the class B felony of attempted robbery in the first degree and the unclassified felony of armed criminal action for her involvement in Brown's murder.

A $2 million cash or surety bond was issued for Cleaves who is in custody.

She is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, Sept. 19.

According to the probable cause statement, officers arrived on the scene in the 300 block of South Hanover after receiving 911 calls at around 9:22 p.m. on Wednesday, Spet. 7 about a person shot.

Officers found several shell casings, all the same caliber and brand, at the scene of the shooting.

During the investigation, officers say two witnesses told them the 16 year old admitted that he was the one who shot Brown. According to the first witness, the teen said he shot Brown six times.

According to the probable cause statement, the second witness overheard the teen talking to Tyyeema Cleaves at around 9:30 on the night of the shooting and overheard him say he shot Brown.

Cleaves was interviewed at the Cape Girardeau Police Department on Sept. 12.

According to the probable cause, she stated on the night of the murder she had set up a transaction with Brown to buy Xanax pills. She told officers she talked to Brown over the phone and arranged to meet him at a predetermined location.

She allegedly told officers the 16 year old planned on robbing Brown after she bought the Xanax pills from him.

Officers say she told them the 16 year old told her he would not do it in front of her but would wait until after she had bought the pills.

Cleaves stated that on the night of the shooting she was on the corner of Hanover and Bloomfield waiting on Brown when the 16 year old came out of the bushes behind her.

Shortly after she said she bought the pills from Brown and started walking home, she said she heard gunshots coming from the area where she had just left Brown.

According to the probable cause statement, when she got home, she said the 16 year old was already there and showed her a black handgun and told her, "I [expletive] up, I [expletive] up really bad, [expletive] can't live with six shots."

He also allegedly told her, "I did that [expletive] so slick cuzzo," and allegedly said he came out of the alley and shot Brown.

Cleaves allegedly admitted she knew the 16 year old had problems with Brown over the past couple of weeks because he allegedly said he figured out that Brown was the one who shot him in the arm, a flesh wound, back on June 22, 2016.

Officers say Cleaves was aware of that information when she arranged to buy the pills from Brown the night of the murder and allegedly knew the teen planned on being present and robbing Brown immediately after.

Cleaves allegedly admitted she knew the teen frequently carried a 9mm handgun.

The Major Case Squad had earlier requested the public's help in finding a Cape Girardeau man they believed had information regarding Brown's murder. They say he voluntarily talked to authorities.

The family said 31-year-old Willie Brown died early on Thursday morning.

According to police, the incident happened in the 300 block of Hanover just before 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

Police said Brown was shot multiple times.

He was taken to an area hospital.

Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton reports Brown later died around 3:30 a.m.

Earlier on Thursday, police were using a drone to get aerial photos.

Regina Lester heard the gunshots on Wednesday night and said the violence must stop in her neighborhood.

"It is happening too close to home," Lester said. "They need to stop and start thinking about their future and their parents. How would they feel if it was them? So, cool down if you mad and go somewhere and walk it off. You don't have to shoot anybody!"

Family members and neighbors described Brown as a fun, loving man. They said everyone is having a hard time figuring out why someone would do this.

His mom, Ann Strickland, said she doesn't understand.

"My baby was good," she said. "I don't who did this, but whoever did should be punished. They should be punished! They did my baby like a dog."

If you have information about the case, police are asking you to call them.

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