Charges were formally filed Thursday for two separate shooting incidences, which occurred within a three-day span between Monday and Wednesday.

ST. ROBERT – Charges were formally filed Thursday for two separate shooting incidences, which occurred within a three-day span between Monday and Wednesday.

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.

According to The Associated Press, court documents show Howard told police he had been involved in an ongoing dispute with Carpenter and a man who was with her at the motel. Those documents say Howard, Charles and two others went to the motel with a gun and the intention of settling the dispute.

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, of 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 Missouri State Highway Patrol, assisted by the Pulaski and Phelps County Sheriff's Departments and the Rolla Police Department.

If convicted, Howard could face a maximum of more than 50 years in prison. Charles could face up to 30 years imprisonment.

A not guilty plea was entered Thursday for Howard and Charles.

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 in her shoulder and chest.

Blackwood remains hospitalized in critical condition. Charges may be upgraded should Blackwood die as a result of the injuries caused by Gregory's gunshots.

After surrendering himself to authorities, 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."

If convicted, Gregory could face up to 40 years in prison unless charges are upgraded pending Blackwood's health.