November 20, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster today announced a Dallas County indictment handed down November 15 charging Larry Warner with 2nd degree murder, 1st degree endangering the welfare of a child, and 2nd degree conspiracy to commit statutory sodomy in the alleged murder of a Greene County juvenile. These indictments are related to the October 19 Benton County charges against Anthony Balbirnie involving the same victim, which included 2nd degree murder and abandonment of a corpse.
Warner is in custody in the Dallas County Jail. Balbirnie is currently incarcerated in the Northeast Correctional Center in Bowling Green on a parole violation for distribution of controlled substances.
The Attorney General's Office is assisting local Prosecuting Attorney Ken Ashlock of Polk County, Prosecuting Attorney Karen Woodley of Benton County, and Prosecuting Attorney Barbara Viets of Dallas County on two cases involving Balbirnie and one case involving the other suspects, Warner and Amy Hartley. Previously, the Attorney General's Office charged Hartley in October in Benton County with 2nd degree statutory sodomy, 1st degree endangering the welfare of a child, maintaining a public nuisance, tampering with physical evidence, and abandonment of a corpse. Hartley is in custody in the Benton County Jail.
As in all criminal cases, the charges against the defendants are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until or unless proved guilty in a court of law.