Missouri Teen Pleads Guilty in Drifter's Death

5 years 10 months 2 weeks ago April 12, 2011 Apr 12, 2011 Tuesday, April 12 2011 Tuesday, April 12, 2011 3:33:00 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Posted by: Allie Spillyards

MEXICO MEXICO (AP) - A Missouri teen accused of helping his parents and two siblings kill an Ohio drifter has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Jordan Harvey was 14 years old in December 2009 when 20-year-old James William Boyd McNeely was killed in the basement of his family's home in Laddonia, a small town northwest of St. Louis.

A kidnapping charge was dropped in exchange for his plea Tuesday in Audrain County Court. He was charged as an adult.

Prosecutors say Jordan Harvey helped hold McNeely down while his father, Chester Harvey, suffocated him.

Chester Harvey pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree murder and other charges and was given a life sentence. He has said he became embroiled in a drug plot with McNeely after falling on hard times. He says McNeely attacked his family.(AP) - An eastern Missouri teen accused of helping his parents and two siblings kill an Ohio drifter is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Audrain County Circuit Court.

Jordan Harvey was 14 years old in December 2009 when 20-year-old James William Boyd McNeely was killed in the basement of his family's home in Laddonia, a small town northwest of St. Louis.

The probable cause statement says Jordan Harvey and others stood guard over McNeely for about a day. It says that Jordan Harvey also helped hold McNeely down while his father, Chester Harvey, suffocated him

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