Potter Charge Upgraded to Murder 1; Victim Identified

Authorities have identified the man killed just over a week ago in Kirksville and have upgraded the charges against Paul Potter to first-degree murder. In a news release this morning, Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wilson says the man killed January 6th has been positively identified as Willis Meredith. Meridith was also known as Jake Steadman. Potter, who witnesses said threw Meridith’s severed arms at them as police arrived at the apartment complex, now faces a first-degree murder charge, and charges of First-Degree burglary and armed criminal action have been added to the charges of second-degree arson and destruction of a vehicle he already faced. Potter is scheduled for preliminary hearing tomorrow.