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Murder charges likely after Springfield man dies

Posted at 3:00 AM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 04:00:32-05

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Springfield police said a 17-year-old is expected to face murder charges after a fatal shooting over the weekend.

Pedro Bolanos was arrested Saturday after 28-year-old Gerardo Aguilar-Hernandez was shot Friday as he drove a pickup.

The Springfield News-Leader reported Bolanos was initially charged with first-degree assault but police said they will present murder charges to prosecutors because Aguilar-Hernandez died at a hospital.

Officers discovered Aguilar-Hernandez shot when they investigated what was initially thought to be a single-vehicle accident.

Police documents indicated the shooting was drug-related.

Bolanos is being held in jail without bond. He does not have an attorney listed for this case.