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Angry over car-repair bill, teen accused of killing mechanic with mom's help

Kim Bell, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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ST. LOUIS -- The BMW was fixed and ready to go, but the teenager and his mom who owned the car argued with the mechanic when they came to pick up the car June 9.

They tried to leave with the car, but mechanic Kerry Charley wouldn't let them take it without paying the bill.

The fight, outside the mechanic's home on Prairie Avenue, turned deadly.

Court documents filed Tuesday in St. Louis Circuit Court describe the moments that led up to the attack one month ago. They say 17-year-old Isaiah Gholson pulled a gun and shot Charley several times in the torso, killing him. Charley was 52.

Gholson's mom, meanwhile, was pushing and hitting Charley's girlfriend. As the girlfriend ran off, the teenager shot the 32-year-old girlfriend twice in the back, police say.

The woman survived, but was critically injured. Police say she looked at a photo lineup in the hospital and identified Gholson as the shooter and Gholson's mom, Ranada Anthony, as the woman who hit her.


Neither the teen nor his mom reported the crime to police. In fact, police say, Gholson and Anthony deny being at Charley's home, in the 3600 block of Prairie Avenue. But police say Charley kept records of the cars he repaired at his home, and the BMW was registered to Anthony.

Gholson is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault, two counts of armed criminal action and failure to report a shooting.

His mom, Anthony, 39, is charged with third-degree assault, failure to report a shooting and hindering prosecution.

The home on Prairie is near Beaumont High School. A park ranger at Fairground Park called police to the scene after he heard gunshots in the area near Prairie and Palm avenues, just before 4 p.m. June 9. Police went to Prairie and found both victims.


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