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Excelsior Springs teenager charged in shooting death of former teammate

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An Excelsior Springs teenager was indicted Thursday in the murder of another teen in Clay County.

18-year-old Tristian Wilton was charged with second-degree murder and first-degree robbery.

A grand jury says that Wilton shot and killed Tyler Eddington in a McDonald’s parking lot near North Evansdale Road and North Oak Trafficway in October. The charges allege that Wilton killed Eddington while attempting to rob him.

The second-degree felony murder charge covers defendants who may not have pulled a trigger but were involved in a crime that resulted in a homicide.

According to court documents, Wilton set up a drug deal so that another person could rob two victims of marijuana and cash. During the attempted hold-up, Eddington was shot and killed.

Eddington was a classmate and teammate of Wilton at Excelsior Springs High School. High school athlete websites list both Wilton and Eddington as teammates on the Excelsior Springs football team. Both teens graduated earlier this year.

Wilton is being held on $1 million bond. He’s due to be arraigned on November 19.