Suspects in Volleyball Star's Death Face More Charges

Two teens accused of robbing and kidnapping a woman in Brentwood on Aug. 12

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    Missouri State's Attorney Susan Ryan discusses the charges agains Keith Esters and Jonathon Perkins. (Published Friday, Aug 24, 2012)

    The two teenage cousins charged in the death of a Wheaton volleyball star now face more charges for another crime.

    St. Louis County prosecutors on Tuesday charged Keith Esters of Bel-Ridge and Johnathan Perkins of Overland with first-degree robbery, felonious restraint and two counts of armed criminal action. They are accused of robbing and kidnapping a woman in Brentwood on Aug. 12.

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    Friends and family remember Wheaton volleyball star killed in St. Louis. (Published Thursday, Aug 23, 2012)

    Authorities say they forced their way into a woman's car, demanded money then forced her to drive to an ATM and withdraw cash.

    Police said the same two 18-year-olds killed Megan Boken during a botched robbery in St. Louis on Aug. 18. Boken was in St. Louis for an alumni volleyball match.

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    23-YEAR-OLD MEGAN BOKEN RETURNED TO SAINT LOUIS FOR AN ALUMNI VOLLEYBALL GAME AT HER COLLEGE. IN 2006, SHE HELPED LEAD HER HIGH SCHOOL TEAM, WHEATON SAINT FRANCIS, TO THE STATE TITLE. POLICE IN ST. LOUIS HAVE SAID LITTLE ABOUT THEIR INVESTIGATION AND AS A RESULT MEGAN'S FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE DEALING WITH MORE QUESTONS THAN ANSWERS. (Published Sunday, Aug 19, 2012)

    Esters and Perkins face a host of felony charges in Boken's death. Esters was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree attempted robbery and armed criminal action. Perkins was charged with second-degree murder, second-degree attempted robbery and armed criminal action.

    Police said Perkins drove Esters to the neighborhood to look for a robbery target, and he zeroed in on Boken after seeing her speaking on her cell phone. Police said Esters confessed to the crime and that a witness identified him as the one running away.