Prosecutors call deadly attack of MSU professor unprovoked

2 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Friday, August 19 2016 Aug 19, 2016 Friday, August 19, 2016 12:40:48 PM CDT August 19, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Authorities are seeking to determine the motive in an attack in which a Missouri State University instructor is charged with killing a retired professor.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that prosecutors are calling Wednesday's attack against 66-year-old Marc Cooper unprovoked. Forty-three-year-old Edward Gutting of Springfield was charged Thursday with second-degree murder in the killing. Gutting is jailed on $1 million bond. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

Police said officers went to a home after receiving a 911 call about a disturbance and found Cooper had been stabbed to death. Police say Cooper's wife, Nancy, was also stabbed, but her injuries are not life-threatening.

Missouri State issued a statement saying Cooper was an emeriti history professor, and Gutting is an instructor of modern and classical languages.

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