Murder Charge Filed in 23rd Street Drive-By

Prosecutors have charged a man with second degree murder in the death of 26-year-old Donovan Smith.

Posted: Nov 21, 2017 5:12 PM

A St. Joseph man is accused of murder in a drive-by shooting.

Buchanan County prosecutors charged Khaury El-Amin,19, with second degree murder in the death of Donovan Smith, 26.

According to a probable cause statement, El-Amin was a passenger a vehicle in the 700 block of N. 23rd.

A detective with the St. Joseph Police Department said El-Amin was witnessed to have fired a handgun from the vehicle at Smith, who was standing outside of a home on N. 23rd. Smith was hit by at least one bullet and died from a gunshot wound, according to to the probable cause.

Authorities said Thomas Lee Miller, 33, was driving. Prosecutors charged Miller with first degree assault.

Buchanan County Prosecutor Dwight Scroggins said El-Amin's bond was set at $250,000; $200,000 surety and $50,000 cash.

An arraingment is scheduled for December 5 at 9 a.m.

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