A Marshall man has been charged in connection with the death of a Sedalia woman.
Noah A. Kelliker, 18, has been charged in Pettis County Circuit Court with second-degree murder, armed criminal action and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon. He is in custody at the Pettis County Jail on a $250,000 bond, according to a Pettis County Sheriff’s Office news release.
Cassandra L. White, 21, was found shot multiple times Tuesday, Jan. 9 in her residence at the Western View Estates Trailer Park on Oak Grove Lane, just north of Sedalia’s western city limits. Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond said Friday his office had classified the case as a homicide investigation.
Pettis County detectives drove to southeastern Missouri to follow leads on Kelliker after learning Oregon County authorities arrested him Thursday. Kelliker was taken into custody on a Saline County warrant for violating his terms of probation in a separate assault case.
While in Oregon County, investigators processed a vehicle for evidence and spoke with potential witnesses, Bond said. They arrived back in Pettis County with Kelliker at 10 p.m. Friday, and charges were filed late that night.
Bond said he expects detectives to make more arrests in the case, but none are imminent at this time.
Deputies responded at 8:26 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9 for a report of gunshots heard in the vicinity of the trailer park, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. Deputies checked the area but didn’t find any suspicious activity.
Deputies received a second call at 10:18 p.m. of a person with gunshot wounds at a residence in the trailer park. Bond said the Pettis County Ambulance District arrived at the trailer first and attempted life-saving treatment on White. Responders were unable to resuscitate her and pronounced her dead at the scene.
White’s two children, an infant and a toddler, were in the residence at the time of the shooting, but they were unhurt. They were released to relatives the night she was found, Bond said.
The victim’s autopsy took place Thursday morning at the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office. Bullet fragments were recovered in the autopsy, and deputies found bullet casings at the scene.