A Stover, MO, man has been charged in the brutal slaying of a Morgan County couple.
Ronald James Blowers, 25, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder.
Mae Wells, 73, and her 82-year-old husband, Wayne, were found dead in their home near the 13500 block of Ivy Bend Road just outside of Stover on Monday.
The area where the killings happened near mile marker 69 is a bustling place in summer, but in the offseason it becomes a rather small, tight-knit community, so the elderly couple's death has dealt quite a blow to residents.
The community calls itself the friendliest place in the Ozarks. And the couple killed fit that description, according to the realtor Mae Wells worked for.
"She was very involved in the community, as was her husband. He was wheelchair-bound for about 3 1/2 years after an accident," said Charlotte Gaden with Gem Realty.
It was about 11 a.m. Tuesday when deputies got the 911 call from friends of the couple who found the door forced open.
Mae Wells was found in the dining room, lying face-down in a pool of blood. Her husband was down the hall, slumped over in his wheelchair.
"It appears they were both shot multiple times," Morgan County Sheriff Jim Petty said at the time.
While it was first believed the couple was shot by a small-caliber gun, an autopsy revealed they died of blunt-force trauma to the head, believed to be caused by a pipe, knife and screwdriver.
The couple was likely killed between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday with one neighbor saying dogs barked a lot about 6 p.m.
Petty said investigators believe the couple was killed during a robbery or attempted robbery. Investigators are working to determine what, if anything, was taken from the home, including money and prescription drugs.
The home had clearly been rummaged through, with the master bedroom mattress and box springs not in place.
Hours after the couple were found dead, a call came about 5 p.m. from a man living about a mile away about a small-caliber revolver stolen from his home a week ago. When deputies arrived there, they found a distressed Blowers next door.
"He had a knife and he was stabbing himself. Then he ran out into the woods. He was arrested. We've taken him to the hospital and we will interview him," Petty said.
Court documents said Blowers continued to stab himself in the stomach and neck as he ran from police and was heard denying killing "those" people.
At the time investigators never found the gun.
"I hope they catch who did it because these people didn't deserve that and this community doesn't deserve this publicity," Gaden said Monday.
According to Gaden, crime is not a problem in the community.
Petty wouldn't speculate about whether the couple was slain by burglars who thought the home was vacant, as so many are during the winter months. No homes in the immediate area had been burglarized recently.
However, authorities each winter battle burglaries at lake homes where thieves target the residences knowing the homes sit vacant during the offseason.
Blowers is currently being held in the Morgan County Adult Detention Center on $1 million bond.
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