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Update: Two People Now Charged in Ava MO Teen's Homicide

(Ava, MO) -- Two people are now charged in connection with the murder of a teenager from Ava, Missouri.
(Ava, MO) -- Two people are now charged in connection with the murder of a teenager from Ava, Missouri.

Late Friday, Nathan Wayne Jensen, 26, of Seymour, was charged with First Degree Murder, Armed Criminal Action and Abandonment of a Corpse.

Douglas County Prosecuting Attorney Roger Wall filed the same charges earlier in the day against Christopher Andy Jorgensen, 29, of Ava.

Jorgensen is accused in the beating and stabbing death of Kenny Stout, 17, whose body was found early Thursday morning in a wooded area near the Ava Country Club at 521 Route 1, just west of Ava.

According to court documents, Jorgensen allegedly killed Stout because of a dispute between Stout and a third man.

A probable cause statement (below) says Stout was stabbed in the chest and severely beaten and left along a logging road near the country club.

The charges seeking a first degree murder conviction, claim Jorgensen beat Stout and left him in the woods between 4 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on December 13, and then returned about 11 p.m. to find Stout still alive, where he stabbed him several times, causing his death.

A witness told investigators Jorgensen also tried to shoot him, but the gun mis-fired, according to the PC statement. Jorgensen was not charged in connection with that claim.

Both men are held in Douglas County with no bond.

The questions and brutality surrounding this case are disturbing for those who know Stout.

Standing in the shadows of the church she and Kenny went to as kids, Arizona Salee stood with her mother Friday, reading over the court documents.

"Kenny's been my friend since second grade, ever since he moved here. It's just hard you know. I don't know anyone who Kenny doesn't get along with. He pretty much always got along with everybody."

Sallee says stout would do anything for anyoe -- traits that were evident early on in their friendship.

"We had a crafts night. He ended up giving me a necklace that said Jesus on it. I kept it ever since. That was like second or third grade."



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