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Missouri man could face death penalty for killing family

December 31, 2018
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This undated photo provided by St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney's Office shows suspect Richard Darren Emery. The St. Louis-area man shot his girlfriend, her two young children and her mother in the home they all shared, authorities said Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. Prosecutors filed 15 charges against Emery of St. Charles, Missouri, including first-degree murder, assault and attempted robbery. (St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney's Office/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors say a St. Louis-area man charged with fatally shooting his girlfriend, her two young children and her mother could face the death penalty once the investigation is complete.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that authorities are still investigating what led to the shooting late Friday. Richard Darren Emery of St. Charles, Missouri, is facing 15 charges, including first-degree murder.

Emery, who often goes by his middle name Darren, exchanged gunfire with officers as he fled. He was captured several hours later — wounded and covered in blood.

St. Charles is a city of about 70,000 residents on the Missouri River northwest of St. Louis.

A candlelight vigil was planned Sunday evening to honor the victims: 61-year-old Jane Moeckel, 39-year-old Kate Kasten, 8-year-old Zoe Kasten and 10-year-old Jonathan Kasten.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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