The wife and stepson of a murdered Ku Klux Klan leader are now facing charges.
Frank Ancona, 51, a self-identified "imperial wizard" of a Ku Klux Klan group, was found dead on a Missouri river bank on Saturday. He had been fatally shot in the head.
Monday, his wife, 44-year-old Malissa Ancona and stepson 24-year-old Paul E. Jinkerson were taken into police custody in St. Francois County. They were both charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, tampering with evidence and abandonment of a corpse.
According to police, Ancona was fatally shot in his Leadwood, Mo., home early Thursday morning. His body was then loaded into a vehicle and taken to rural Washington County, where it was dumped near Big River in Belgrade, Mo.
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According to the Park Hills Daily Journal, Malissa told police that her husband had told her he was driving across state lines to deliver a part for work.
The Daily Journal reported that Malissa told authorities her husband packed a bag and said he wanted a divorce when he returned from his work trip. The day he left, she placed an ad on Facebook seeking a roommate to help her with rent, the Daily Journal reported.
Leadwood Police Chief William Dickey told the Daily Journal that officers found a safe that looked like someone had used a crowbar to beat the side out of it and that all of Frank's firearms were missing from the home.
Ancona is identified as the “Imperial Wizard” for a group called the “Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.” In a photo on the group's website, Ancona is wearing a white hood and standing in front of a burning cross.
USA TODAY's Mary Bowerman contributed to this report.
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