Pair arrested, charged in connection to south St. Louis murder

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Arthur Bolton and Michael Edwards.

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) -Two men have been charged in connection with a murder in the Carondelet neighborhood, one of seven murders that occurred over a 24-hour period in mid-January.

The murder happened around 12:35 a.m. Thursday in the 7800 block of Tennessee Avenue. The victim, 20-year-old Kenny Burgett, was found shot to death outside an apartment complex.

Arthur Bolten, 22, had been in relationship a woman who the victim was now reportedly spending time with. On Thursday, Bolten called Burgett, challenging him to a fight. The victim went outside of his apartment building unarmed. According to police, Bolten began shooting at him at close range. Burgett tried to run, but Bolten continued shooting at him and he died as a result of his wounds.

Bolten was taken into custody within hours. He is being held without bond, charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action.

On Thursday, 20-year-old Michael Edwards made numerous phone calls to a potential witness in the Burgett shooting. Police say that Edwards told the witness that if she identified the shooter or gave any information he and others would retaliate. According to police, Edwards is the brother of Arthur Bolten, the suspect charged in the murder.

Edwards is charged with Tampering with a Witness and is being held on $100,000 cash only bond.

 

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