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Suspect accused of shooting man, planting knife in his hand

November 12, 2018

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) — A southeast Missouri man is charged with second-degree murder after allegedly shooting a man and planting a knife in his hand.

KFVS-TV reports that 49-year-old Steven Scott of Poplar Bluff died Sunday. Authorities found Scott face-down on his porch, gripping a knife. His wife and 55-year-old David Morgeson also were at the home.

Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs says Scott’s wife told authorities that she and her husband had argued and she contacted Morgeson, who arrived with a rifle.

The wife and Morgeson claimed Scott confronted Morgeson with a knife, prompting a scuffle, during which the gun went off. But Dobbs says that later, the wife and Morgeson admitted that Morgeson planted the knife after shooting Scott.

Morgeson is jailed on $500,000 bond. He does not have a listed attorney.

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Information from: KFVS-TV, http://www.kfvs12.com

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