Court documents are indicating the shooting that took place at a convienience store at Kearney and Fulbright Sunday night was a drug deal gone bad.
Austin Ball (pictured) was charged Monday with Second Degree Murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, Delivery of a controlled substance, delivery of 35 grams or less of marijuana, and armed criminal action. If convicted, Ball could face life in prison on the charges.
The murder charge falls under Missouri’s felony murder rule. Ball shot Caelan Troy while they were preparing to engage in a drug deal, which was a felony act, and so the killing is automatically classified as murder.
The probable cause statement says that Troy was part of a group that arranged to buy marijuana from Ball at the Phillips 66 convenience store at 8 p.m.. Troy and company planned to rob Ball, who realized what was going on, and opened fire on Troy.
In the state of Missouri, self-defense is not a legal defense to felony murder.
No lawyer is listed for Ball in Missouri casenet, with the state represented by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Wan.