PARK HILLS, Mo. – A teen and his three acquantinces were charged n connection with a fire that killed his parents on Monday in St. Francois County, according to deputies.
Stanley Halter, 50, and Tammy Halter, 46, died in the blaze that broke out before dawn Monday on Halter Ln. in Park Hills. The St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday the deaths were being treated as murders.
The Halters' 18-year-old son, Dallas, was charged with two counts of first degree murder, armed criminal action, one county of first degree burglary, theft/stealing a firearm, and tampering with physical evidence.
His three acquantiances, William Carrico, 19, Adam Moore, 19, and Maxwell Lee, 24, were each charged with two counts of second-degree murder, one count of second-degree burglary and theft/stealing a firearm.
According to authorities, Halter shot his mother, Tammy, in the face and father, Stanley in the back after he was caught attempting to steal from the home. Police believe he was there to steal items or money to feed his alleged drug habit.
The victims reportedly caught him and confronted him when the shooting took place.
Halter and the other three are accused of setting fire to the home to cover up the fatal shooting.
By the time firefighters arrived at the scene on Monday the home was engulfed in flames.
Crews said the heat was so intense firefighters could feel it from inside the fire truck as they pulled up near the small frame home, about 70 miles southwest of St. Louis. The bodies were later found inside the home
Firefighters believe the blaze began in the living room. The couple’s other children were staying with relatives at the time of the fire.
Detectives say Carrico, Moore and Maxwell admitted to the crime but Halter did not.
No bond was set for Halter. Bond for the three other men was set at $450,000 each.