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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Woman charged with conspiracy in connection to Dunham murder case

  • A woman who cleaned James Dunham's home has been charged in connection to the burglary that led to his murder, according to court documents.
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  • A woman who cleaned James Dunham's home has been charged in connection to the burglary that led to his murder, according to court documents.
    Pulaski County grand jurors charged Miranda Torres, 23, of Richland, with facilitating/ promoting the violent June 10 burglary, which ultimately led to 93-year-old James Dunham's death.
    Court documents state that Torres agreed with Graves King that one or both of them would break into Dunham's home to steal his coin collection.
    Torres knew of Dunham's coin collection because she had previously cleaned his home, according to court documents.
    During the robbery, King allegedly struck Dunham's face and body with his fists and guns. King is also accused of stealing Dunham's coin collection while possessing a deadly weapon.
    After Dunham, a World War II veteran, passed away in October, a medical examiner ruled the death as a homicide.
    King has been charged with murder in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, burglary in the first degree and armed criminal action.
    King is currently in the custody of the Pulaski County Jail, with bonds totaling $1.1 million, cash-only.
    He could face life in prison.
    Torres has been charged with the class C felony of conspiracy. She could face two to seven years in prison if convicted.
    Dunham was a long-time resident of Pulaski County. During his military career, he was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood on two different occasions: once in 1942 for basic training and then again when he moved his family to the area in 1964.
    He attained the rank of Sergeant First-Class and earned several awards and commendations. The family decided to stay in the area after James’ retirement in 1966
    Dunham was a lifetime member of the VFW #3176 and the American Legion 331. Dunham had three children with his wife of more than 50 years, Luzie.
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