Two Men Still Wanted in Cape Girardeau Murder Investigation

A third man is in custody in connection to a murder investigation. Police say Derrick Derrell Stafford, 20, of Mounds, Illinois, was taken into custody on Tuesday, August 4 in relation to his involvement the murder of Anthony Miller on July 20. He is currently being held in the Cape Girardeau County Jail on $1 million bond for second-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action, second-degree burglary and first-degree robbery. Two other suspects, Jaden T. Young, 20, of Cape Girardeau, and Clarence J. Smith, 28, of Cape Girardeau, are still wanted in connection to the investigation. Police say there are active warrants for both Young and Smith for second-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action, second-degree burglary and first-degree robbery. They say both should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to call the Cape Girardeau Police Department at 573-339-6621 or the anonymous tip line at 573-339-6313. As of Tuesday, July 28, the Cape Girardeau/Bollinger County Major Case Squad was disbanded and the Cape Girardeau Police Department took over the investigation. Robert Ervin Simmons, 40, from Cape Girardeau, was taken into custody Monday afternoon on a warrant issued through the Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. He is being held on a no-bond warrant for second-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action, first-degree burglary and first-degree attempted robbery. Brandon M. Pratt, 32, of Cape Girardeau was arrested on Friday morning, July 24. He was charged with second-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action, first-degree burglary and first-degree attempted robbery. Police say  21-year-old Anthony Miller, of Cape Girardeau, was shot at 12:30 a.m. on July 20 in the 400 block of Sheridan. Miller was taken to an area hospital where he later died.

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