Murder suspect in tri-state drug deal extradited to Missouri

1 year 7 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, October 03 2018 Oct 3, 2018 Wednesday, October 03, 2018 1:13:00 PM CDT October 03, 2018 in Top Stories
By: Hannah Thomas, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

MILLER COUNTY - The Miller County Sheriff's office said Joseph McKenna, the suspect in a tri-state drug deal operation that led to a murder in June, is now in the Miller County Jail.

McKenna was being held on $750,000 bond in the Cook County Jail in Chicago.

Court documents said the suspect, McKenna, was working with the victim, Tyler Worthington, to distribute marijuana oil disguised in vapor pen cartridges.

Worthington, from the state of California, was found shot in the head. His remains had been dragged into a wooded area.

McKenna, from Chicago, was arrested Sept. 24 in connection to the murder.

A probable cause statement said Worthington and McKenna were partners in the plan to bring the marijuana oil into Missouri.

Worthington flew from Sacramento, California, to Chicago on June 2, to meet McKenna, the statement said. Toll records show Worthington and McKenna left from Chicago together two days later in separate cars, the document said.

The two delivered their product to two locations in Missouri, the statement said. There are records of McKenna's truck passing through northbound tolls to Chicago without Worthington.  

Investigators said they got a break in the case during a phone call to one of Worthington's "close associates." While the conversation was happening, McKenna called the associate on another line. The associate put McKenna on speaker, investigators said, and McKenna revealed information about drug transactions.

Police said McKenna told the associate the money from the transactions was to be dropped off and loaded onto a tractor trailer in Chenoa, Illinois.

McKenna then said he was supposed to fly to Sacramento, California, with Worthington on June 5, but flew without him on that same day, according to investigators.

The rental car Worthington used to drive to Missouri, is still missing.

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