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Olivette Area Resident Charged in Megan Boken Murder

The former SLU volleyball player, 23, was killed in the Central West End last weekend.

An Olivette area resident was charged Friday in connection with the death of 23-year-old Megan Boken, a former Saint Louis University volleyball player who was shot and killed Saturday in the Central West End.

Johnathan Terrell Perkins, 18, lives in the 1400 block of Wibracht Place in unincorporated St. Louis County, just outside Olivette. He has been charged with second-degree murder, second-degree armed robbery and two counts of Armed Criminal Action.

Keith V. Esters of Bel Ridge was also charged in connection with Boken's murder. He faces counts of first-degree murder, first-degree attempted robbery, and two counts of armed criminal action.

According to St. Louis Public Radio, Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce presented the following timeline of events for the tragic event. 

Note: all of the events as described below are only alleged until convictions have been made in a court of law:

  • Johnathan Perkins agreed to drive Keith Esters to the Central West End to commit a robbery.
  • Perkins drove Esters to the Central West End. Once there, Esters that he saw Megan Boken speaking on her cell phone and decided that she would be the target of a robbery (the statement says Esters stated this to police).
  • Esters approached Boken with a handgun, and during the course of attempting to take her property, Esters shot Boken twice.
  • An eye witness observed Keith Esters running from the scene immediately after Boken was shot. The same witness positively identified Esters as the person running from the scene.
  • Boken was found dead inside her vehicle. She was shot two times in the chest and neck.

Boken, a 2011 Saint Louis University graduate was in town to play in an alumni volleyball match. 

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department released the following statement on its Facebook page

Due to the assistance of the community and witnesses, as well as the efforts of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police detectives, today the Circuit Attorney’s Office issued warrants against Keith Esters, 18, for 2nd Degree Murder, 2nd Degree Attempted Robbery, and 2 counts of Armed Criminal Action; and Jonathan Perkins, 18, for 1st Degree Murder, 1st Degree Attempted Robbery, and 2 counts of Armed Criminal Action for the murder of Megan Boken. Both subjects are being held without bond.

See our previous stories on the shooting:

Ann Learner August 26, 2012 at 06:45 PM
First half of exchange with my substitute word in () >> mr. president, may i ask you about this current case in florida, very controversial allegations of listenering (lingering?) racism within our society of the so-called stand your ground law and the justice in that. can you comment on the travon martin case , sir? >> well, i'm the head of the executive branch . and the attorney general reports to me. so i've got to be careful about my statements to make sure that we're not impairing any investigation that's taking place right now. but obviously, this is a tragedy. i can only imagine what these parents are going through. and when i think about this boy, i think about my own kids. and you know, i think every parent in america should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this. and that everybody pulls together, federal, state and local, to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.
Ann Learner August 26, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Second half of interview question so i'm glad that not only is the justice department looking into it, i understand now that the governor of the state of florida has formed a task force to investigate what is taking place. to do some soul searching to figure out how does something like this happen. and that means that we examine the laws and the context for what happened. as well as the specifics of the incident. but my main message is to the parents of trayvon martin. you know, if i had a son, he would look like trayvon. and, you know, i think they are right to expect that all of us as americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves and that we're going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened. all right.
Johnathan R. August 27, 2012 at 05:49 AM
Ann- Just out of curiosity, do you think that any of the victims of the so called "knock out game" that groups of black kids have recently participated in through certain areas of St. Louis city are targeting any particular race when 10 or so of them pummel and I think on atleast on one occasion have killed a non- black victim? Would you say that the Victims in these cases are easy opportunities? Should the suspects in the particular instance of this game/ activity be charged with a hate crime? Do you think that the public would hear more from city leaders and the probability go up of me being charged with a hate crime if I went into a primarily black area of the city like say Walnut Park with 10 of my white friends and beat a black person to near death for fun and run away?
nicole phelps January 23, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Ignorant ass people! Did anyone speak out about Aniya Cook? Who was killed and also was on her way to college?I guess she didn't matter because she was black! How much news coverge did she get? Was a reward offered? How long did it take for them to catch her killer? Everything always has to be about race! Do you thinkthe President is going to speak out about every killing? Damn the Conneticut killer could have been your son or the movie theater killer could have been your son! To hell with race something needs to be done no matter what race the victim or criminal is!!!!
Johnathan R. January 24, 2013 at 07:29 AM
Nicole- Megan Boken was actually finished with college, Aniya Cook was on her way, Ignorant ass. I 100% agree, "To hell with race", but that only seems to apply when less that 13% (African Americans) of our population are committing more murders by number than 65% (whites). Their is obviously a problem in the African American community with committing homicides. Does "To hell with race" also apply to your political view points on hate crime legislation, affirmative action and other such social issues concerning race?

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