AG Hawley Announces Guilty Verdict in Barry County Double Murder

Sep 29, 2017, 14:48 PM
Sep 29, 2017, 14:47 PM

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the conviction of Christopher L. Paschall, 40, of Springdale, Arkansas. A Newton County jury found Paschall guilty of two counts of murder in the first degree, parental kidnapping, and three counts of armed criminal action. 

On January 5, 2015, the defendant shot and killed his ex-girlfriend Casey Lee Brace and her grandfather Herb Townsend while kidnapping his two-year-old daughter. Townsend, despite a gunshot wound to the head, survived long enough to name the killer before succumbing to his injuries.                   

“My office has zero tolerance for violent crimes and the criminals who commit them,” Hawley said. “I am grateful to law enforcement and the prosecutors who worked on this case. I hope the family of the victims can find some solace in this conviction.” 

Paschall faces life imprisonment without the possibility of parole on each murder count, up to seven years imprisonment on the parental kidnapping count, and a minimum sentence of three years on each armed criminal action count. 

The case was tried in Newton County on a change of venue from Barry County. The Honorable Jack Goodman will sentence the defendant on December 19, 2017. The case was tried by Assistant Attorney General Steven M. Kretzer and Assistant Attorney General Travis Lillie alongside Barry County Prosecuting Attorney Amy Boxx with assistance from AGO Investigator David Southard.