One Dead, Five Hurt in Altercation at Family Barbecue

6 years 5 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, April 30 2013 Apr 30, 2013 Tuesday, April 30, 2013 10:42:00 AM CDT April 30, 2013 in News
By: Associated Press

SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) - One man is dead and five people are hurt after a man drove into a crowd of people at a family gathering in southeast Missouri. Joseph Thornton of Sikeston faces charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and five counts of assault. He is jailed on a $100,000 bond.

A probable cause statement from the Scott County prosecutor says Thornton was asked to leave a family barbecue Sunday in Sikeston. Thornton allegedly drove into a crowd at the home, striking three adults and three children. The car came to a stop after striking the house.

Authorities say 33-year-old Keremie Johnson died after becoming stuck under the car. The injured included two 3-year-olds and a 4-year-old, along with two adults. Details on their conditions were not available.

 

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