Johnathan Perkins and Keith Esters.
St. Louis (KSDK) - Charges have been filed against two men for the murder of Megan Boken.
Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce tweeted Keith Esters and Johnathan Perkins, both 18, have been charged with murder and attempted robbery.
The probable cause statement says Esters has been charged with first-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action, and attempted first degree robbery.
Perkins has been charged with second-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action, and attempted second-degree robbery.
The crime happened Saturday, August 18 at 2:20 p.m. near the intersection of N. Taylor and Maryland in the Central West End.
The statement says Megan was shot in the chest and the neck. Witnesses heard gunshots and saw a man running from the scene.
The investigation led detectives to a cell phone that was connected to another robbery from the area, which led to a witness who said her boyfriend, Keith Esters, admitted to her he was involved in the murder of Megan Boken.
The woman said Esters and his cousin, Johnathan Perkins, had made plans to drive to the Central West End to commit a robbery.
St. Louis police found Perkins who admitted he and Easters had agreed to go to the Central West End to commit a robbery.
Perkins said Esters saw Megan on her cell phone and told him she would be the target of the robbery.
Perkins stopped the vehicle and let Esters out to rob Megan. He then parked within sight of the shooting. He then drove Esters from the scene after he shot Megan, and said Esters admitted to him he shot her.
Esters admitted to police he saw Megan on her cell phone and during the attempted robbery he shot her twice.
The witness who saw Esters running from the scene after Megan was shot positively identified him. Joyce said during the press conference witnesses "were tremendously important" to this case.
She also says there is no evidence of either suspect having any state-level criminal history, but will continue to look into their backgrounds.
The Boken family was notified of the charges before they were made public.