One Suspect Turns Himself in Connection to Cape Girardeau Murder

Maurice Patterson Jr. has turned himself in to police, while, police are still looking for Thomas Q. Bean. Police say Patterson turned himself in on New Year’s Eve. The public is still strongly encouraged to contact the Cape Girardeau Police Department with any additional information. The two suspects were wanted in connection to a murder at a Cape Girardeau apartment on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Police say that On Monday, Dec. 30, officers followed up on numerous tips in the case and they’ve searched multiple homes without success. The 19-year-olds’ names and warrant information were entered into a nationwide law enforcement database, so if any other officers see them, they will know the two are wanted in Cape Girardeau. Officials say the Prosecuting Attorney‘s Office filed charges on Thomas Q. Bean and Maurice Patterson, Jr. for second-degree murder, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and first-degree robbery. The bond for Thomas Bean was set at $1 million. No bond was set for Maurice Patterson, Jr. Court documents reveal that an eyewitness told investigators the shooting took place as the result of a drug robbery.  Fifty-three year old Richard Reeves of Decatur Michigan, the victim, arrived in Cape Girardeau with the intent of selling marijuana. The witness reportedly set up a deal between Reeves and Thomas Bean.  Before the shooting happened, Bean and another person arrived at the apartment and met with Reeves for the transaction. That’s when Bean allegedly shot at Reeves. When Reeves went for the gun, Bean allegedly shot again and hit him. Court documents reveal that the person with Bean was Maurice Patterson

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