Mother shares death certificate of Springfield man shot, killed by DEA agents

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Rev Steve Heather KOLR

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The mother of Caleb Slay, the 25-year-old man shot and killed by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in the front yard of his Springfield home, posted Caleb’s death certificate online Wednesday, Jan. 13.

On Monday, November 2, a search warrant filed by the Springfield Police Department states that DEA Agents witnessed a man named Casey Ray engage in the sale of drugs. He was eventually pulled over in a U-haul truck in the 1800 block of South Maryland Avenue.

That warrant states that agents pulled the truck over near the home of Caleb Slay. Slay was already sitting in front of his home in a car. As he got out and walked toward his door, agents approached, an altercation ensued and Caleb was then shot.

Over two months later, his mother, Tina Slay Richardson, is steadfast in her belief that her son’s death was unnecessary.

“Caleb was not the danger, and Caleb was not the subject of why there were even here,” said Richardson. “It was the guy driving the U-Haul truck. That is who they were after, that’s who they were following.”

On Jan. 13, they went and picked up his death certificate. It labels his death as a homicide and tells where he was shot.

“When I try to tell people that he was executed, nobody wants to listen to me,” said Richardson. “On the bottom of his death certificate, which I’ve posted online, it shows that Caleb died from gunshot wounds to his head.”

Now, the Springfield Police Department is left to investigate the death at the DEA’s hands, a much larger federal agency.

“We’re two months later, and this is still not closed,” said Richardson. “They’ve not reached out to the family; they’ve not told us any progress. They’ve not told us anything. There should be an arrest, and there should be accountability to the person who pulled that trigger and put gunshot wounds in my son’s head.”

KOLR10 has tried multiple times to get the autopsy report to perhaps get more information on Slay’s death through a Sunshine request. The request was denied since it is still an open investigation.

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