An anonymous warning call of a threat against the Audrain County Courthouse caused the initial arraignment of two Mexico teenagers to be relocated Tuesday to the Audrain County Jail.
Demetric Dorsey and Trebion Dorsey, both 15, teenagers were allegedly involved in the killing of Ta’Juan Williams in February at a child’s birthday party. They are charged with second-degree murder, first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.
Audrain County Joint Communication received a call at about 9:39 a.m. Tuesday from an anonymous citizen who said they had information a shooting would take place at the courthouse, according to a statement from the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office.
Additional law enforcement officials were assigned to the courthouse by members of the sheriff’s office, Mexico Department of Public Safety and Missouri State Highway Patrol. They conducted security operations while court remained in session without incident, according to the statement.
The teenagers’ names were made public Friday after they were certified as adults in the alleged Feb. 1 killing of Williams. Dehkise Dorsey, 17, was certified as an adult soon after the incident and faces the same four charges as the other suspects. Officers were called to the 500 block of Muldrew where they found Williams with a gunshot wound, according to a probable cause statement filed in February. He verbally accused the Dorseys of shooting him. Witnesses at a nearby children’s birthday party told officers Demetric Dorsey had a handgun. It was not clear in the probable cause who allegedly shot Williams.
The three teens turned themselves in Feb. 2 to Mexico Public Safety. During a post Miranda interview, Dekhise Dorsey allegedly said the trio had confronted Williams about a previous issue, which led to a fight. Williams began to flee before he was shot. The three did not answer questions about what happened after the shooting, according to court documents.