Man Confesses to Thanksgiving Murders

Torry Upchurch, 27, of Jefferson City, Missouri.

Thursday night 27 year old Torry Andre Upchurch walked into the Jefferson City Police Department in blood-covered clothing and informed officers, “I know I just committed two murders.”


Jefferson City Police Lieutenant David Williams said “During the initial interview, the suspect implicated himself in both homicides,” which happened hours apart.


The first shooting happened at an apartment around 6 pm where 17 year old Earle Key Jr. was allegedly known to be staying according to a probable cause statement.  When he opened the door, Upchurch is said to have shot him in the face.  He died at immediately and before police could respond to the scene, Upchurch fled.


Shortly before 9 pm, calls flooded into the police department about another shooting in a different part of town.  When officers responded they found 33 year old Shantae Hill-Cook of Columbia, Missouri dead in the street from multiple gunshot wounds.


A witness at the scene was able to tell police that Upchurch had become upset with Hill-Cook for wanting to help her with her child and belongings and had ordered her to "stay in the car."  When she evidently didn't comply, he shot her multiple times before taking off in her vehicle.


As police were taking witness statements at the scene of the second shooting and getting an idea of who their suspect was, Upchurch walked into the police station and turned himself in.


Upchurch was charged on Friday, November 27th with two counts of first degree murder as well as unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a firearm and armed criminal action.