Isaiah Gholson and Randa Anthony booked in relation to the shooting death of St Louis mechanic, after angry at car repair bill.
A 17 year old teen and his mother – angry over a car repair bill – are alleged to have been involved in the shooting death of a St Louis mechanic when he demanded to be paid.
Isaiah Gholson, 17, was booked with first-degree murder in the June 9 killing of 52-year-old mechanic Kerry Charley, who police say was shot by the teen after refusing to let Gholson and his mother, Ranada Anthony, take a BMW home without paying for it, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, citing court documents filed Tuesday. Records indicated the mother being booked for assault, failure to report a crime and hindering prosecution.
Charley, the father of three adult children was shot five times in the chest after repairing the car at his home, where police said they were able to match the mechanic’s records to find that the vehicle was registered to Anthony.
Kerry Charley St Louis mechanic: ‘He was a very, very generous person.’
‘He was a very, very generous person,’ said Charley’s sister, who identified herself only as Cindy. ‘He was always willing to help someone in need when it came to their vehicles. He loved working on cars, it was like a passion for him.’
That enthusiasm for his craft, Charley’s sister said, led him to fix cars at much lower prices than typical repair shops in the crime ridden tough neighborhood of Jeff-Vander-Lou where he worked out of.
He even allowed some customers to make good on their outstanding debts by paying in installments, she said.
But investigators said that didn’t happen this time, alleging that Gholson shot Charley as the mechanic stood by the driver’s window after the teen grabbed keys to the luxury car and hopped inside, KMOV reported.
At the same time, Anthony, 39, started pushing and hitting Charley’s 32-year-old girlfriend, who was shot twice in the back by Gholson as she ran away. The woman was seriously injured but later identified Gholson as the shooter and Anthony as the woman who assaulted her in a police line up.
Both Gholson and Anthony remain held without bond after a detention hearing Wednesday.
Neither mother or son reported the shooting to police and deny being at Charley’s home, despite records linking the vehicle to the mechanic, the Post-Dispatch reported.