By Jake Palmateer

Staff Writer

Two teenagers were charged with first-degree murder Thursday in connection with the Springfield, Mo., shooting death of former Sidney resident Kody Ray.

Ray, 17, who moved to Missouri from Sidney last year, was gunned down on the porch of his home Sunday as a birthday party was held inside for his 5-year-old brother.

James C. Duke III, 18, and Jordan Martin, 18, both of Springfield, were charged with first-degree murder, police said.

Ray was shot at least once in the head during an argument on his porch, police said, and he died the following morning.

Police previously said Ray was likely targeted and said he was involved in an earlier fight.

Ray lived with his father in Springfield. His mother had recently moved to Long Island, according to family friends.

Citing court documents, several Springfield news outlets reported Ray had been involved in at least two fights in the weeks before the shooting, including one at Hillcrest High School, where Ray attended classes.

The reports indicated Martin had called Ray a "snitch" and was going to "get" him.

In Missouri, first-degree murder is charged when a homicide is believed to be pre-mediated and it carries a potential death sentence.

Martin drove a car while Duke confronted Ray and then allegedly shot him, according to KY3-TV, citing court documents.

Martin was arrested Thursday afternoon, while Duke was caught Thursday morning, police said in a media release.

The teenagers were being held without bail pending further court action.

No further information was available from Springfield police late Thursday night.

Trending Video

Recommended for you