Chesapeake police make arrest in shooting of Mormon missionaries

Associated Press/January 5, 2006

Chesapeake, Va. -- A man was charged with the slaying of one Mormon missionary who had been going door-to-door and the malicious wounding of another, police said Thursday.

James Rickey Boughton Jr., 19, was arrested at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday at his Chesapeake home and was being held without bond in the city jail, police said in a statement.

Boughton was charged with first-degree murder, malicious wounding, attempted malicious wounding and three counts of using a gun during the commission of those felonies.

Further details were not immediately available.

Earlier Wednesday, police said they had found the gun used in the shootings and that they believe the men from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were shot because they witnessed a crime as they went door-to-door, discussing their religion.

Morgan Winslow Young, 21, of Bountiful, Utah, died Monday evening. Police have declined to identify the second man, but church spokesmen said he's 19-year-old Joshua Heidbrink of Greeley, Colo.

Heidbrink's brother, Scott, said Tuesday that Joshua Heidbrink and Young heard shots just before a man ran up to them and started firing. The gunman fled, and Heidbrink, who was shot first, ran to a nursing home for help.

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