Two men charged, one teen sought in St. Charles murder
Posted: Monday, July 19, 2010 2:49 pm | (35) Comments
..ST. CHARLES • Prosecutors on Monday charged two men with murdering a Wentzville man last week as detectives continue searching for a 15-year-old boy police say pulled the trigger.
Police said Monday that two men and the teen murdered Daniel Brennan, 23, during a ploy to sell him heroin at an apartment complex in St. Charles.
Harvion L. Cameron, 20, of the 700 block of South Fifth Street in St. Charles, and Jeffery D. Lottie, 22, of the 300 block of Oakborough Drive near Lake Saint Louis, are charged with second-degree murder, attempted robbery and two counts of armed criminal action.
Brennan was found shot about 11:20 p.m. July 13 in his PT Cruiser on Cave Springs Road near a Denny’s restaurant.
Cameron arranged a meeting with Brennan to sell him heroin at the Trails of Sunbrook apartment complex about 10:45 p.m., police said.
After Brennan arrived, Lottie and the teen got into the car while Cameron went into a nearby apartment, police said. As they drove a short way around the complex, the teen pulled a handgun and demanded Brennan’s money, police said. When Brennan leaned forward to reach for something, the teen shot him in the back. Police don’t know what Brennan was reaching for.
"When the victim made a move, he’s (the shooter) not sure what he was doing ... He shot him in the back," said Capt. Tim Lowery, deputy commander of the Major Case Squad.
After the shooting, Lottie, Cameron and the teen ran to a nearby Motel 6 as Brennan drove away and stopped on Cave Springs.
Police said officers arrested Cameron shortly after the shooting and picked up Lottie in Peoria, Ill., where he had acquaintances. Lottie admitted to police to using the same handgun in a July 11 shooting in Wentzville, police said. In that case, police said Lottie shot a man in the buttocks outside the Palomino Nights bar after it closed.
Cameron was charged Friday with robbery, armed criminal action and burglary in a May 11 home invasion in St. Charles County.
Cameron and Lottie were being held Monday in lieu of $1 million cash-only bail.
Police are pursuing several leads to find the 15-year-old suspect.
Brennan, a manager of a Qdoba restaurant in Wentzville, was buried Monday, said his mother Diane Brennan. She said even when police find the 15-year-old shooter it won’t bring her much relief.
"It doesn’t matter to me if they get him or not because I can’t get my son back," she said. "It breaks my heart that he’s gone."