December 6, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today Adair County Judge Russell Steele has found Charles O’Neal, 37, of Glascow, Missouri, guilty of 1st degree murder, 1st degree assault, and two counts of armed criminal action. The case was heard in Randolph County on a change of venue from Howard County.
Koster said O’Neal on February 10, 2007, went to his ex-girlfriend’s mother’s house expecting to find the ex-girlfriend there. He was armed with a .22 caliber rifle. When he discovered the ex-girlfriend was not there, he became embroiled in an altercation with the mother and subsequently shot her in the head. O’Neal then forced the victim’s significant other from the master bedroom into the dining room, where he had the man kneel on the floor. During the fight over the gun that ensued, the man was struck with the weapon but managed to take it from O’Neal, who then fled from the scene. He was later arrested at his parents’ home.
"Though nothing can bring back the victim of this senseless crime," Koster said, "I’m pleased that our office was able to see that justice is being served."
Judge Steele has set O’Neal’s sentencing for December 13. He faces life in prison for 1st degree murder.
Koster said his office assisted the Howard County Prosecuting Attorney’s office in prosecuting the case.