Teen Suspect in Kirksville Murder Charged

The 17-year-old suspect in last week’s murder of a Kirksville resident has been charged. Brendon Lene, of La Plata has been charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and resisting/interfering with arrest. On Thursday, officers arrived at a residence on the 800 block of South Baltimore after a report of a man assaulted with a knife. When officers arrived, they found 49-year-old Jared Newman with a large cut across his throat. He was transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. A witness told police Newman was arguing with a person in the home when Lene attacked the victim from behind with the knife.

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