Friends of Lincoln University student react to upgraded murder charge
JEFFERSON CITY - A grand jury has upgraded charges against the man accused of killing Lincoln University student Charon Session from second-degree to first-degree murder and armed criminal action.
Police found Session outside of Alfred Chism Jr.'s home with gunshot wounds on August 27; he died at the scene. Chism reportedly told police Session had been harassing him.
Session was enrolled as a junior and was active in the school's dance troupe, cheer squad and royal court.
Now some of Session's friends are saying they are happy about the updated charges.
Close friend of Session, Lyric Summage, said she is glad the charges were changed.
"I feel like it was a great thing that they made it so the charges got upped because this could be anybody's family, friend, like anybody. And he was a very innocent person so I feel like it's a great thing."
Akwila Cooks said she did not expect Session's death.
"I just think it's surprising because he's just a happy person, he was nice to everybody, he loved everybody. It was never bad vibes around him, so for someone to want to kill him is crazy," Cooks said.
"But then again, the world we live in, it's getting pretty normal."
Chism's arraignment is scheduled for October 17.