A Missouri man has admitted to striking his wife with a hammer, strangling her and then placing her body in a freezer, according to a report from the Webster County Sheriff's Office. The 57-year-old Marshfield man has been charged with second-degree murder and is being held on a $1 million bond. He also faces counts of armed criminal action and abandoning a corpse.
Police in Missouri believe they have found the body of a 28-year-old woman who was last seen on the morning of Nov. 12. The body was found in the trunk of a car that had been left in a secluded part of Cuivre River State Park near Troy. Information provided by the woman's husband is said to have led police to the scene. He was taken into custody on Nov. 13 and has been charged with murder in the second degree and tampering with evidence. He is being held on a $100,000 bond.
A 22-year-old Missouri man has been charged with murder in the first degree in connection with a shooting death on the morning of Oct. 11. Prosecutors have also charged the Texas County resident with multiple felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon. A judge ordered him to be held without bond according to media reports. First-degree murder carries a sentence of death or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole in Missouri. The man is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 15 to enter a plea.
A 37-year-old woman was indicted on a first-degree murder charge by a Missouri grand jury. The woman told police that she shot the 36-year-old victim while acting out a scene in a movie. She also acknowledged that she had consumed alcohol and was on several medications when she pointed a weapon at her boyfriend.
A 43-year-old Missouri man has been charged with murder in the second degree in connection with an Aug. 24 accident in Crawford County that claimed the life of a motorcyclist. The Washington resident also faces felony counts of driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest. He is being held at the Crawford County Jail, and his bond has been set at $250,000.
A Missouri woman was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole on Aug. 12 for the 2016 slaying of mentally handicapped man in St. Charles County. The woman could have faced the death penalty if she had been convicted after a trial, but she avoided that fate by entering what is known as an Alford plea in 2017. When a defendant enters an Alford plea, they maintain their innocence but accept that prosecutors have enough evidence to prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt.
A Missouri woman is facing murder charges in connection with a man's drug overdose in late July. The defendant, who is a resident of Eldon, was arrested on Aug. 1.
A 41-year-old Missouri man has been charged in connection with the murder of a transgender woman in Kansas City. The body of the 32-year-old victim was found on the front porch of a residence near the intersection of Spruce Avenue and Independence Avenue on June 25. The man, who has allegedly confessed to the crime, is also facing several unrelated charges.
Authorities in Missouri allege that a 46-year-old man was responsible for killing a woman with whom he had a history. Police found her body while doing a welfare check at her home in Nixa. According to a witness, the man confessed to shooting the woman, and there is also evidence that the woman was strangled.