Felony charges: Officials allege he fired at another man, two missionaries
CHESAPEAKE, Va. – A 19-year-old man was jailed without bail Thursday after being charged with the shooting death of Utah Mormon missionary Morgan Young and wounding of his companion.
James Rickey Boughton Jr. was charged with one count each of first-degree murder, third-degree malicious assault, fifth-degree malicious assault and three counts of using a gun during the commission of a felony, all felonies. He is to make his initial appearance in court on Jan. 21.
The arrest came three days after Morgan Winslow Young, 21, of Bountiful, was shot to death while proselytizing in Chesapeake’s Deep Creek suburb. His companion, Joshua Heidbrink, 19, of Greeley, Colo., also was shot but has returned home with his parents.
Charging documents obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune and police reports show Broughton was charged with malicious assault for allegedly shooting at another man, Gregory Lamont Banks Jr., before the missionaries were shot.
Heidbrink’s brother, Scott, told The Association Press earlier this week that Heidbrink and Young heard shots just before a man ran up to them and started firing. The gunman fled, and Heidbrink, who was shot first, ran to a nearby nursing home for help.
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Police spokeswoman Christine Golden declined to release any other details about the shooting and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office also refused comment.
Police recovered the handgun used in the shooting on Wednesday and Boughton was arrested at around midnight on Wednesday.
Young was two months shy of completing his two-year service as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Heidbrink had begun his mission recently and plans to return.
Boughton grew up in Deep Creek in a neighborhood whose street names come from the Round Table: King Arthur Drive, Lancelot Court, Drawbridge Drive.
No one answered the door at Boughton’s address. A neighbor, Ellen Kearney, said he used to play ball in the streets, and that he was “just like the other kids.”
Another neighbor, Aubrey Spruill, called Boughton “a good kid.”
Boughton played varsity and junior varsity football, sporting No. 23 in his junior year for the Deep Creek High Hornets, and also competed in junior varsity wrestling, according to the school’s yearbook.
He was quoted as saying his favorite thing about high school was “when school lets out.”
Boughton was convicted of drunken driving last year and ordered in mid-December to serve 30 days in jail, but the sentence was suspended, according to court documents. Instead, he was fined $250 and ordered into an alcohol treatment program, which he failed to complete.