Man Charged in Couple's Deaths

1 decade 11 months 2 weeks ago June 07, 2006 Jun 7, 2006 Wednesday, June 07 2006 Wednesday, June 07, 2006 7:46:17 PM CDT in News
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MARSHFIELD - Murder charges are filed in the deaths of a southwest Missouri couple who disappeared more than five years ago. Richard Evans was arrested yesterday on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of John "Tommy" Smith and his girlfriend, Maureen Webb. The 48-year-old Evans was jailed in Webster County on $1 million bond. Prosecutors say they're still waiting for final DNA analysis of the bone fragments, but they believe authorities have enough evidence to link Evans to the deaths. Evans is accused of shooting them to death, cutting up their bodies and burning them, before scattering the remains in a pond. Police said Webb's sister told them about a man who had said the couple was dead. Later they learned that the man witnessed the crime and told them last year that the bodies were buried at a farm Evans rented. According to an affidavit, the man said Evans gave an account of what happened to the bodies, telling them: "What wasn't fed to the hogs was destroyed."

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