Missouri woman charged with killing her boyfriend in his sleep

3 months 44 minutes 29 seconds ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 10:54:00 AM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

HILLSBORO (AP) — Authorities say an eastern Missouri woman who is charged with fatally shooting her sleeping boyfriend told investigators that an intruder was to blame.

The St.Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 48-year-old Laurel Leeker was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. Investigators say she fatally shot 49-year-old Steven Pettit several times on Thursday in the Mapaville area, south of St. Louis.

A detective wrote in the probable cause statement that Leeker said she was in the bathroom when Pettit was killed. Detectives found no evidence of a break-in at the home.

An online obituary describes Pettit as a Navy veteran who operated a Jefferson County gun shop.

Bond for Leeker is set at $150,000 cash. No attorney is listed for Leeker in online court records

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