Running a business can be a difficult enterprise, especially when that business involves the care of livestock. Often, unexpected circumstances can arise that could negatively impact the health of the animals, ultimately threatening the success of the business. Unfortunately, police claim that money allegedly owed in a business arrangement involving livestock is at the center of a case that led to murder charges against a man in Missouri.
The defendant in the case reportedly was involved in a business arrangement in which he supposed to raise 131 calves owned by two brothers and another man. However, reports indicate that the calves became sick shortly after they arrived at the defendant’s farm, and many of them died. Ultimately, only 35 of the calves were reportedly returned to the owners.
Reports indicate that the two brothers, age 34 and 24, went to the defendant’s farm to collect the money they believed they were owed. At this time, police say that the defendant killed the two men and left their remains on a pile of cow manure; the remains were identified through DNA. The deceased men’s father reported them missing after they missed their flight and failed to answer their phones.
The defendant faces multiple criminal charges, including first-degree murder, abandonment of a corpse, tampering with physical evidence, armed criminal action, unlawful possession of a firearm and tampering with a motor vehicle. If convicted, he could face life in prison without parole or be sentenced to death. Regardless of the claims by Missouri law enforcement officers, the man is presumed innocent unless and until there is sufficient evidence presented in court that proves he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Because of the seriousness of the charges against him, he may lack confidence in his ability to make informed decisions; fortunately, there are experienced professionals who can help him.