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A young mother could not have known that by helping the police arrest a teen, she would end up dead. But unfortunately, due to the combined actions of both the Missouri teen and the officers, two young children will be attending the funeral of their 21-year-old mother. And the teen has been charged in her killing.
The teen, 19-year-old Mason Ferris, and another woman were riding in a car driven by Savannah Hill. Hill was aware that Ferris was trying to avoid officers for meth-related parole violations, and contacted the police to turn Ferris in. Hill arranged to have officers pull her over with Ferris in the car, trapped by the child locks, since she knew he would run if they confronted him at the gas station.
However, when the cops stopped Hill and Ferris as arranged, the teen jumped into the front seat and forced Hill's foot onto the gas pedal. With the car in reverse, it hit and injured one of the officers. The other cop then opened fire on the car, hitting the young mother of two. She died two days later. The officer, who said he feared for his life and that of the injured officer, was cleared of any wrongdoing.
The Lawrence County District Attorney's office has charged Ferris with second-degree murder and resisting arrest, among other charges. The felony murder rule allows prosecutors to charge a suspect with murder if someone is killed while the suspect is committing a felony, such as assault and resisting arrest.
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