A woman's dying words summoned police to a home south of Versailles in Morgan County, authorities said.
Carol Wilson, 53, called 911 at 11:05 a.m. Monday to say she had been shot in the head. Authorities said the call was brief. A second 911 call also was received.
Morgan County Sheriff's Office deputies and a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper rushed to the residence just off Missouri TT where they found Carol Wilson and her husband, Freddie L. Wilson, 66. The couple had been shot and stabbed. Both died at their house.
One of the deputies saw a white van near the residence while en route to the crime scene.
"A short time later, one of the Morgan County detectives had to take the ditch to avoid a white van that attempted to hit his vehicle head on," according to a news release. That vehicle suffered damage.
One of those in the van apparently jerked the steering wheel and nearly struck the arriving deputy's vehicle in an attempt to get responding officers' attention, authorities said.
Three miles later on Highway 5, more law enforcement vehicles arriving at the scene saw the suspect vehicle. A chase ensued and the white van was stopped.
Charges were filed Tuesday against two men and a woman. Derrell Dean Spellmeyer, of Eldon, and Mandy and Garland Mitchell of Jefferson City, were charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action.
The three allegedly drove from Eldon to Morgan County on Monday morning, authorities said.
"We don't have a motive definitely at this time," Morgan County Sheriff Jim Petty said Monday night. "There was not any indication as to forced entry and the house was not in disarray. It was well kept, so we're just not sure on that."
But court documents indicate the three went to the Wilson residence to steal drugs.
A .32-caliber handgun believed to have been used in killing the couple was found in the van, authorities said.
"We didn't find any evidence of jewelry or belongings from the house," Petty said.
According to court documents, a bottle of hydrocodone, a prescription painkiller, and a .32-caliber casing were found in Spellmeyer's front pocket. Police said Spellmeyer had blood on his hands and clothing.
The suspects are not related to the couple nor are they neighbors. Petty said one of the men knew the couple, but authorities have not said how.
Spellmeyer told authorities that he fired the fatal shots and that "they made me do it," according to court documents. He also admitted to stabbing Freddie Wilson, according to court documents.
The Mitchells told police that they went to the Wilson residence to obtain drugs, according to court records. They said they waited in the vehicle while the two were killed, according to court documents.
The Missouri Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control is assisting in the investigation.
Petty said this is the second homicide in a matter of months. A couple was killed inside their lake area home. A Morgan County boy was shaken to death, and his mother and her boyfriend were charged.
Before that, Petty said he had served 11 years as sheriff without a single homicide.
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