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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • 2 from St. James charged with murder; 1 man dead, another injured

  • Two people from St. James face murder, burglary and assault charges in connection with an incident early Wednesday morning in the Rosati area that left one man dead and another injured. According to online court records, Oryon Dain Guinn, 29, faces five charges — first-degree murder, a Class A felony; armed criminal act...
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  • Two people from St. James face murder, burglary and assault charges in connection with an incident early Wednesday morning in the Rosati area that left one man dead and another injured.
    According to online court records, Oryon Dain Guinn, 29, faces five charges — first-degree murder, a Class A felony; armed criminal action, an unclassified felony; second-degree burglary, a Class C felony; first-degree assault resulting in serious physical injury, a Class A felony; and unlawful possession of a firearm, a Class C felony.
    Additionally, Chelsea Lynn Maxfield, 31 faces three charges — first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, and first-degree assault resulting in serious physical injury.
    Both are being held in the Crawford County Jail on $1 million cash-only bonds each.
    Herman Ilges, 58, was confirmed Wednesday afternoon by a family member to be the deceased victim. A probable cause statement filed with the Crawford County Circuit Court stated the deceased victim suffered “an apparent gunshot wound to the head.”
    The name of the injured man, who “appeared to have a small caliber gunshot wound to the head,” has not been released. According to the probable cause statement, the injured victim was transported by an air ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur for treatment.
    Crawford County Sheriff Randy Martin said deputies were dispatched around 2 a.m. Wednesday to a residence in the 200 block of Piazza Road in the Rosati area in Crawford County for a report of an assault in progress.
    The 911 call initially was taken by Rolla central dispatch, which forwarded the call to the Crawford County dispatch center. The reporting party, who was the injured man, said that he and another man had been shot.
    Crawford County sheriff’s deputies and Cuba police officers responded to the residence and found the two shooting victims.
    The injured victim was located in the living room and the deceased victim was found in a bedroom. Ilges was pronounced dead by Crawford County Coroner Paul Hutson.
    The suspects fled the scene before officers arrived, according to Martin.
    The Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control were called to assist with securing the residence and investigating the scene.
    The injured victim was conscious and alert, and when asked who shot the two, the man wrote down the name, Oryon Guinn, on a sheet of paper and gave it to law enforcement officials, according to the probable cause statement.
    When the injured victim was interviewed in Creve Coeur, he told a Crawford County sheriff’s detective that before the shooting incident, he heard someone banging on the door of the residence on Piazza Road and that the door was kicked in.
    The injured victim said the shooting suspect identified himself as Oryon Guinn and the victim also heard a woman, “which he could identify as Oryon’s girlfriend, Chelsea,” court records state.
    Page 2 of 2 - The injured victim heard yelling in the bedroom and five to eight shots fired. The injured victim then said the suspect entered the living room, pointed a gun at the victim and fired it at his head.
    The injured victim said he had known the suspect for about five years.
    It was discovered that the shooting suspect was from the St. James area and the SJPD was contacted. Police, who stated they were familiar with Guinn, did not find him at his last known address.
    Later, a St. James police officer located and apprehended a male suspect along with a woman in the parking lot at La Cabana Mexican Restaurant, east of St. James.
    According to St. James Police Chief Ron Jones, the suspect was arrested about 3 a.m. Wednesday.
    “A small caliber handgun, believed to be the weapon used in the shooting of the two men, was located laying on the restaurant parking lot a short distance from the vehicle the two suspects had been driving,” Martin wrote in the news release. “The weapon was seized and will be sent to the Highway Patrol Crime Lab for analysis.”
    The gun found was a .22 caliber revolver, a 9-shot revolver with two rounds which appeared to have been fired still in the cylinder, court documents state. A box of .22 caliber shells also was found on the dashboard of the vehicle the suspects were driving.
    Both suspects were interviewed by detectives before being booked in the Crawford County Jail.
    Court documents state Maxfield initially denied being at the residence on Piazza Road and that a Crawford County sheriff’s detective noticed blood on Guinn’s pants.
    The detective informed Guinn that one of the victims was still alive, according to the probable cause statement, and Guinn “replied ‘which one?’ and then quickly stated ‘What do you mean?’ ”
    At the jail, both Maxfield and Guinn requested attorneys before being interviewed.

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