MO - 4 family members gunned down in St. Charles home, 29 Dec 2018

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  1. Indy Anna

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    4 members of Missouri family brutally gunned down in home
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    'A gruesome, gruesome scene:' St. Charles man charged with killing girlfriend, her 2 children and her mother
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    The suspect, Richard Emery, was arrested after 7-hour manhunt:

    Children, grandmother among 4 fatally shot in St. Louis area
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    Oh - I noticed that he is charged with 1st degree murder plus 15 other counts. If someone gets into the court site could you please list the other counts?

    TIA! :)
     
  8. Indy Anna

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    I did a search on the court site, but there were no matches. Some of the articles are mentioning a few of the charges:

    Murder charges filed against man accused of killing 4 in overnight St. Charles homicide
    Authorities: Missouri man shot girlfriend, her kids, mother
    BBM

    The charges may not be formal until Emery is discharges from the hospital and taken to jail.
    There's also a video at the first link with more information.

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    Kate Kasten, Zoe J. Kasten, Jonathan Kasten
     
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    Thank you Indy Anna for the links. The first one I can't get into - blocked here in Europe...
     
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    So heartbreaking. When does it stop?

    It will be interesting to hear more about the murderer’s background and other domestic violence issues. I’m assuming there are.
     
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    Has anyone been able to find a picture of him?
     
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    No criminal case has been filed yet. I'll keep an eye on it.
     
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    Two previous divorces - 2000 and 2007 - in both cases, wife was the Petitioner.
    EMERY , RICHARD DARREN , Respondent

    https://www.courts.mo.gov/casenet/cases/nameSearch.do

    EMERY, RICHARD DARREN 2107FC-07535 Respondent
    Sxxxxx E EMERY V RICHARD DARREN EMERY
    FC Dissolution- w/o Children 08/17/2007
    ST PETERS, MO Circuit 21 St. Louis County St Louis County

    EMERY, RICHARD DARREN 00FC126130 Respondent
    Kxxxx Jxxx EMERY V RICHARD DARREN EMERY
    FC Dissolution- w/ Children 08/15/2000
    SAINT CHARLES, MO Circuit 11 St. Charles Circuit Division


    ^ xxxx = names redacted
     
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    St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar said investigators did not know the motive for the shootings as of Saturday evening. “We may never know,” Mr Lohmar said during a news conference.

    Each of the charges against Emery carries a possible penalty of 30 years to life in prison, Mr Lohmar said, adding that more charges are possible and seeking the death penalty is an option under Missouri law.

    “It’s premature for us to make any sort of pronouncement about that right now, but I can tell you this thing looks and smells like a death penalty case,” he said.
    Man allegedly kills girlfriend and her kids

    As reported in Australia today 31st December.
     
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    Family of murdered St. Charles mother, grandmother and two kids: 'It's beyond belief'
    December 30, 2018
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    Looking for answers
    Moeckel was close with his daughter and grandchildren, as was his ex-wife, Jane Moeckel, who'd been staying with her daughter at the time of the murders while recovering from hip surgery. He saw the family at least once a week, and the relationship between his daughter and Emery showed no obvious cracks, no visible signs of problems, he told the Post-Dispatch.

    In fact, the whole family shared dinner together on Dec. 23 at his daughter's home, Moeckel said, just five days before the murders.

    If anything happened between Kasten and Emery in that window of time, it remains a mystery. Police are investigating possible motives, saying Emery was "matter-of-fact" following his arrest on Saturday morning and refused to make a statement about the murders.

    Those close to the family describe a couple who hardly ever fought, who were always hugging one another. The children adored Emery, who would often help them with their homework after school, Moeckel said.

    "There was never an indication that something like this could happen," Moeckel said. "The kids loved him. The big question is what the heck happened?"

    Emery doesn't appear to have a criminal record. Court records show he is twice divorced. He lived with Kasten and her children at the home she owned on Whetstone Drive in St. Charles.
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    For the next seven hours, terrified neighbors were instructed to barricade themselves inside their homes while police searched for Emery, who later attempted to carjack a woman nearby. Police say he stabbed her at least seven times in the torso, but she survived the incident.

    They eventually found Emery, bleeding from gunshot wounds, in the bathroom of the QuikTrip on First Capitol Drive in St. Charles.

    "Is the lady OK?" Emery reportedly asked the detectives who'd accompanied him to the hospital, referring to the woman he attempted to carjack. He also told detectives where he'd discarded the knife he used to stab her.

    Police said Emery also asked the detectives sitting with him in the trauma room if they were officers he'd shot at. When they said they were not, Emery reportedly asked, "Did I hit any of them?" and apologized for firing at police. He told them where to find the gun, and they recovered both weapons, according to court documents.

    He does not appear to have asked about his girlfriend, who died at a hospital, or her children and mother, who were pronounced dead in the home, according to police.
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