CEDAR HILL, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A man has been charged with murder after a woman was found dead on a porch in Jefferson County.
62-year-old Steven Treece has been charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon after a woman was shot to death early Wednesday morning.
Neighbors told News 4 that the victim was his wife.
In charging documents from police, Treece admitted to police that he shot the victim multiple times with a handgun. He also told police that he had been contemplating killing the victim for approximately two months.
"They were great neighbors, for a lot of years," said Dan Stewart, who lives across the street.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office officials told News 4 that a woman heard gunfire around 5:53 a.m. in the 8400 block of Eastview, in the Cedar Hills Lakes area, in Cedar Hill. When the woman went outside to investigate the noise, she reportedly was confronted by Treece, who pointed a gun at her. The woman then went back to her house and called 911.
When sheriff’s officials arrived at the home, they saw Treece sitting on the porch with a deceased woman at his feet. He then pointed a gun at the deputies before going inside the home.
Justin Colbert said he was friends with the couple's son and that the man and women were like second parents to him. He called them good church-going people.
"Devastated, absolutely devastated. Great people great family," said Colbert.
Around 7:30 a.m., SWAT was on the scene. According to the sheriff’s office, negotiators worked to bring Treece into custody, and he was eventually taken in around 11 a.m.
As News 4 reporter Emily Pritchard was on the standoff scene, a man was seen running by as police chased him. After running past her, Pritchard recorded video of the man yelling in the woods and someone screaming. Jefferson County Captain Gary Higginbotham told News 4 that man was Treece's son.
Higginbotham said Treece's son was taken into custody for interfering with a police investigation.
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