However, that case was dismissed, and this case was filed to elevate and add charges due to additional information that came to the attention of the Miller County Prosecutor.

On April 3, 2019, the Miller County Prosecuting Attorney elevated and added charges against Joseph P. McKenna in Miller County Circuit Court related to a June 4, 2018 murder. Specifically, McKenna is charged in 19ML-CR00470 with First Degree Murder, Armed Criminal Action, and Tampering with a Witness in a Felony Prosecution. The felony complaint alleges McKenna, “after deliberation,” knowingly caused the death of a person (identified as “T.W.”) by shooting T.W. with a dangerous weapon. McKenna is also charged with Tampering with a Witness in McKenna’s previous Second Degree Murder Charge for T.W.’s death that was dismissed to make way for this new case with elevated and additional charges. A “no bond” arrest warrant was issued by the Miller County Court and McKenna was arrested in Illinois where he remains in custody. McKenna was previously charged with Second Degree Murder for the death of T.W in September 2018. However, that case was dismissed, and this case was filed to elevate and add charges due to additional information that came to the attention of the Miller County Prosecutor.

First degree murder is a Class A felony that is punishable by imprisonment in the custody of the Missouri Department of Corrections for up to 30 years, or life imprisonment. Armed criminal action is an unclassified felony that requires a minimum of three years in the Missouri Department of Corrections without the chance of probation or parole and has no maximum punishment. Tampering with a witness in a felony prosecution is a Class E felony that is punishable by up to four years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

The Miller County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office wants to thank the Miller County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri Highway Patrol and Chicago Police Department for their efforts investigating this case.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and charges of a crime are not evidence of guilt.

Please call the Miller Prosecuting Attorney’s Office at 573-369-1940 with questions or inquiries.