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Murder charges filed

Thursday, January 2, 2003

Charleston man was killed on New Year's Eve

CHARLESTON - First-degree murder charges were filed in connection with a New Year's Eve shooting death.

Mississippi County Prosecutor Jennifer Raffety has filed charges of first degree murder and armed criminal action against Jermaine Anderson, 19, of Charleston in connection with the death of Fernando Curtis.

Curtis was near the intersection of Vine and Elm streets on 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when he was shot by a handgun in his upper right thigh. Apparently the bullet passed through his femoral artery in his upper thigh, causing Curtis to bleed to death. He was pronounced dead at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston.

Anderson was taken into custody without incident on North Johnson Street. He is being held in the Mississippi County Detention Center without bond.

On Jan. 8, Anderson is expected to appear in Division II of Mississippi County Court with a preliminary hearing date set at that time.

Charleston Department of Public Safety officials indicated the investigation is continuing into the shooting. They are being assisted in their investigation by the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department and the Sikeston Department of Public Safety.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact the Charleston Public Safety Department.

Raffety noted the crime of first degree murder carries a range of punishment of life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty. The crime of armed criminal action carries a range of punishment of three or more years to life in prison.