Suspect charged with shooting man to death during float trip on Meramec River

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 22 at 5:50 PM

(KMOV.com) – A man faces charges after he allegedly fatally shot a person who was on a float trip on the Meramec River in Crawford County over the weekend.

James Crocker, 59, was charged Sunday with second-degree murder.

Witnesses told police a group of people were on a float trip Saturday when an argument broke out near the Highway 19 Bridge just south of Cuba, Missouri.

According to police, some men were arguing over whether one of them was standing on private property when  Crocker pulled out a gun and fired several shots, striking the victim in the head.

Police said Crocker went to a home about a mile away from the scene and asked the homeowner to call authorities.

Authorities responded to the scene and found victim, identified as 48-year-old Paul Dart Jr., lying on the ground bleeding.

Dart Jr. was transported to a nearby funeral home where he was pronounced dead by the Crawford County coroner.

Crocker was arrested and taken to the Crawford County Jail where he remains on a $650,000 cash-only bond.

 

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