CRAWFORD COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) - Charges have been filed against a man accused ofshooting and killing a man near the Meramec River over the weekend.
Crawford County deputies, Missouri State Highway patrol officers, and State Conservation agents were called to a home at the end of Highway T, approximately one mile west of the Highway 19 bridge on Saturday. The caller told authorities a man asked her to call police because he had shot someone on the river.
Officers found the man, identified as 48-year-old Paul Dart, Jr.of Franklin County,lying on the ground next to the river with a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to Hutson's Funeral Home in Steelville where he was pronounced dead by Crawford County Coroner Paul Hutson.
Witnesses told police an argument began between Dart and 59-year-old James R. Crocker of Steelville started when one of the men was angry that the other was standing on private or public property.
Crocker is accused of pulling out a gun and firing several shots at Dart. He is charged with second-degree murder.
A cash-only bond is set at $650,000. Crocker remains in the Crawford County Jail.