DEVELOPING: Ryan Wayne Koebel Charged with Holts Summit Murder
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Prosecuting attorney Chris Wilson confirmed to KOMU 8 that he has charged 17-year-old Ryan Wayne Koebel with first degree murder in connection with Friday's fatal shooting and stabbing of a 60-year old Karen Cates of Holts Summit. Court documents allege Cates is Koebel's grandmother. The charges came down Saturday around 9:45 a.m. Koebel also faces three counts of assaulting law enforcement officers in the first degree.
Missouri Highway Patrol troopers aprehended Koebel after locating him walking along Highway 54 near the Center Street exit in Holts Summit. After firing shots at officers, a trooper hit him with his cruiser. Authorities took Koebel into custody at the scene.
Koebel, of Holts Summit, also faces four counts of armed criminal action. Authorities are currently holding him in the Callaway County Jail without bond.
There were reports that Koebel had been transferred to University Hospital complaining of back pain, but officials at the hospital told KOMU he is no longer in the system.
"My understanding is that Koebel lived with the victim at the residence in Holts Summit [on Nieman Road]," said Wilson. The prosecuting attorney was at the scene of the murder with investigators on Friday.