Prosecutors call deadly attack of MSU professor unprovoked
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.