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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Shooting suspects charged

  • Charges were formally filed Thursday for two separate shooting incidences, which occurred within a three-day span.
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  • ST. ROBERT – Charges were formally filed Thursday for two separate shooting incidences, which occurred within a three-day span.
    Monday's Homicide
    Charles D. Howard, 29, of St. Robert, faces four charges, including first-degree murder and armed criminal action for the shooting death of Laila Carpenter, who was found slain at Alpine Haus Motel and Apartments early Monday morning.
    A detailed report maintains Howard shot Carpenter to death, then attempted to shoot Brian Haggard, 32, of St. Robert, while an infant child was in the vicinity, resulting in charges of first-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
    Libby Charles, 43, or St. Robert, was also handed a felony charge of first-degree murder in association with Howard as each contributed to Carpenter's shooting death.
    Howard and Charles are currently being held in the Pulaski County Jail with a $1 million, cash-only bond.
    More charges may be brought forth pending further investigation, which is being conducted by St. Robert Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol, assisted by the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, the Rolla Police Department and the Phelps County Sheriff's Department.
    Wednesday's Altercation
    A separate shooting incident resulted in three charges filed against Shawn Gregory, 32, of St. Robert, including domestic assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.
    Gregory and Frances Blackwood, 32, of St. Robert, were allegedly arguing over custody of a child Wednesday afternoon before the argument escalated, and eventually led Gregory to shoot Blackwood.
    Blackwood remains in critical condition. Charges may be upgraded should Blackwood die as a result of the injuries suffered.
    Gregory is also being held with a $1 million, cash-only bond.
    The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department assisted by the St. Robert Police Department investigated Wednesday's shooting before making an arrest.
    "I want to commend the hard work and professionalism of all of the police officers and the police agencies involved in these cases," Hillman said. "They have worked around the clock investigating these crimes since they happened to make sure that these dangerous offenders were off the street and in jail where they belong."
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