ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-The accomplice of the 15-year-old who was shot to death while allegedly trying to burglarize a south St. Louis home early this morning is now charged in his murder.

17-year-old Michael Bryant is charged with second degree murder and attempted burglary.

Police say the resident of the home in the 3700 block of Tennessee heard Bryant and Demetrius Murphy trying to break-in at about 1:30 a.m. When he went outside to investigate, he says Murphy approached him, so he shot him in self-defense.

Our earlier story:

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  It turns out that this morning’s fatal shooting in south St. Louis did start out as a home burglary attempt.

Police say two teenaged suspects were attempting to break into the back of a home in the 3700 block of Tennessee around 1:30 a.m. Friday.

They were confronted by the homeowner, a 33-year-old man, who was alerted by noise at the back of his home.

He shot 15-year-old Demetrius Murphy, who was dead at the scene.

Police later found his 17-year-old accomplice and took him into custody.

No word on any possible charges against the homeowner as the investigation continues.

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