Two teens charged with murder for killing of 15 year old
CARTHAGE, Mo. – Two teens are charged in the murder of a Carthage teen in Phelps County, Missouri.
According to court records, on September 16th, three teens ran away from Great Circle, a behavioral health facility in St. James, Missouri.
Those teens were 18-year-old Enoch Phillips, 17-year-old Cody Armistead, and an unnamed 15-year-old boy.
The next day, September 17th, Phillips and Armistead came back to the facility, but the youngest boy did not. Records go on to say that once back at the facility, Phillips and Armistead told another client that they had killed the 15-year-old.
Investigators interviewed the two on the 17th, but they did not tell them where the 15-year-old was.
During a follow-up interview on the 18th, Armistead admitted to investigators that Phillips had strangled the 15-year-old. Later that day, both of them confessed to assaulting and strangling the boy. Armistead also led investigators to the location of the body, which was found in the 600 block of Meramec Street in St. James, Missouri.
They were both arrested, and are now facing first-degree murder charges.
A family member has confirmed the victim was from Carthage.
In a statement, Great Circle says:
“We are heartbroken to learn of a tragic situation involving three teenage boys who ran away from our St. James campus recently. The death of one of those boys is an unspeakable tragedy. We are cooperating with the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department and the Children’s Division of the State of Missouri as they investigate this terrible situation. We are also working to help the other children in our care and our staff deal with this devastating loss.”
Phillips has an arraignment hearing on October 6th, and Armistead has a preliminary hearing on November 9th.