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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Accused murderer headed to circuit court

  • One of the people accused in the February homicide of a Morgan County couple is bound for circuit court.
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  • One of the people accused in the February homicide of a Morgan County couple is bound for circuit court. Derrell Spellmeyer, 43, of Eldon appeared in court Oct. 18 for a preliminary hearing. He is charged with two counts of first degree murder and armed criminal action in the Feb. 4 deaths of Freddie and Carol Wilson of Versailles. At the preliminary hearing, the state, represented by Morgan County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Doug Kinde presented its case that Spellmeyer committed a felony. The defense did not present evidence. Judge Kevin Schehr concluded found probable cause that a felony had occurred and the defendant may be guilty of a crime. Spellmeyer was arrested along with Garland Mitchell, 45, and Mandy Mitchell, 28, near the Wilson's home on Dorsey Lane south of Versailles on Feb. 4 shortly after a 911 call from Carol Wilson reporting that she had been shot. According to the probable cause statement issued by the Morgan County Sheriff's Department, a white van with Spellmeyer and Garland and Mandy Mitchell inside swerved and hit a patrol car as it responded to the call. The trio were taken into custody at the scene of the crash where officers also reportedly recovered a .32 caliber hand gun, a bottle of Hydrocodone belong to Carol Wilson and a .32 caliber casing. Officers also reported blood on Spellmeyer's hands and clothing. In a later interview with detectives, court documents state that Spellmeyer admitted to shooting the gun and inflicting knife wounds on Freddie Wilson, telling officers "they made me do it." Court documents also state that the Mitchells told detectives that they drove Spellmeyer to the Wilson residence to obtain drugs. Although they did not enter the home, the Mitchells recalled hearing gunshots a short time later, according to the probable cause statement. All three then fled the scene in the van before encountering officers. The court ordered a mental evaluation of Spellmeyer in May to be done at the Fulton State Hospital. The exam was filed with the court on August 29. Spellmeyer is represented by Sedalia attorney James Gray.
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