Murder victim's father says son, suspect were once good friends

Murder victim's father says son, suspect were once good friends

KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - The Tuesday night Kennett shooting did not come as a shock to some, as it became the fourth homicide of the year, breaking a record, according to Captain Tim Trowbridge.

Police found Isaac Jefferson's lifeless body lying on the street in the 900-block of Baldwin.

Demetrius Woods turned himself into police and was charged with second-degree murder on Wednesday.

Isaac's father, Elmer Jefferson said what happened to his son could have easily been prevented, instead, it was costly.

"It was a simple misunderstanding that could've been looked over but it ended in tragedy," Jefferson said.

Holding back tears, Jefferson's father said it all escalated over gas money.

Trowbridge said not long ago, one of the men shot in the air at the other one.

"There's been several times they met," Trowbridge said. "There's been one incident in the past that one of the individuals shot in the air at the other one."

Elmer said his son and Woods used to be good friends until the boiling confrontation started.

When speaking with Region 8 News, Elmer reflected on the horrifying scene he sped to, saying if it wasn't for one bullet, his son would still be here.

"He was dead," Elmer said. "I ran over there, all I wanted to know is if he was breathing. I never saw his body move. He was dead. I started crying and just had to pull myself together."

Elmer wants the younger generation to understand once the trigger is pulled, the bullet is in control.

"You cannot replace a life that is taken, but you can, as you young people out here today, in the future, lay your guns down."

He said his son was starting to make positive changes in his life before it was taken, striving to make a better future for himself.

Trowbridge said there were several eyewitnesses at the crime scene, but those people are not coming forward.

He asks anyone with reliable information to call them so that justice may be served.

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