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Attorney General's News Release

November 20, 2013

Attorney General Koster announces Polk County indictment of Anthony Balbirnie in second murder case

Jefferson City, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster today announced an indictment charging Anthony Balbirnie with one count each of 2nd degree murder, forcible rape, forcible sodomy and 1st degree assault in connection with the death of a Greene County woman in 2008.

The indictment, which was handed down by a Polk County Grand Jury, alleges Balbirnie injected Theresa Mohler with methamphetamine against her will in August 2008, leading to an infection that caused her death.

In October, the Attorney General's Office filed six felony counts in a separate case against Balbirnie, including 2nd degree murder and abandonment of a corpse, in the death of a Greene County girl.  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 in cases involving Balbirnie.

Balbirnie is currently incarcerated in the Northeast Correctional Center in Bowling Green on a parole violation for distribution of controlled substances.

As in all criminal cases, the charges against the defendant are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proved guilty in a court of law.

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