Fourth Person Charged in Texas County Teen Murder


HOUSTON, Mo. – A fourth person has been charged in the death of a teenager in Texas County.

James Grigsby, 25, of Houston was charged today with abandonment of a corpse and tampering with evidence, according to online court records. He was arraigned in Texas County Circuit this afternoon.

Grisby joins three others from Texas County charged in connection with the death of 17-year-old Joseph Steinfeld. The teen’s burned remains were found in a garbage bag in a chicken coop behind the home of another person charged in the death.

Despite the pending results of lab tests of the remains, 18-year-old Andrew Vrba of Texas County has already admitted to stabbing Steinfeld to death. 

Fellow suspects Briana Calderas and Isis Schauer have already confirmed they helped Vrba burn Steinfeld’s body in Calderas’ backyard. 

“We’ve got their confessions; everyone has their day in court,” Texas County Sheriff James Sigman said last week. 

Though Steinfeld was last seen by his family in Houston on Sept. 1, Sigman says he wasn’t reported missing until Sept. 14. The boy is thought to have been killed before his eighteenth birthday, Sept. 9.

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