Man behind bars after allegedly luring homicide victim with snacks

5 years 7 months 6 days ago Monday, February 23 2015 Feb 23, 2015 Monday, February 23, 2015 10:42:36 AM CST February 23, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

BRANSON (AP) - A 55-year-old man was jailed without bond Monday after he allegedly lured a 6-year-old girl to his southwest Missouri motel room with snacks and strangled her.

John P. Roberts of Branson was jailed in Taney County after he was charged Sunday with first-degree murder in the death of Jasmine Miller. Taney County prosecutor Jeffrey Merrell said he didn't know whether Roberts had an attorney.

The probable cause statement, which was released Monday, said the girl's body was found Saturday under the bed in the Windsor Inn room where Roberts was staying alone. Police said in a news release the discovery was made while officers were investigating a lost child report. Merrell said the girl and her family also were living at the extended-stay motel.

Police said it appears Roberts acted alone.

 

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