Daily American Republic
A Poplar Bluff man continues to be held without bond after he was charged Friday with causing the death of another man over the alleged theft of prescription pills. 23-year old Edward William Weaver was charged with first-degree murder. The complaint filed with the court alleges on or about Aug. 22, Weaver caused the death of Norman K. Jones by shooting or strangling him. Although an autopsy was performed on Jones on Friday morning, his cause of death has not been released. Butler County Coroner Jim Akers says details of the autopsy are not being released, pending toxicology and histology but indications show Jones’ manner of death was homicide. Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs said Jones’ arms and legs were bound, and there was an apparent ligature around his neck. Dobbs says police feel “pretty certain” Jones died in the trunk of the car where it was found. He adds that Jones was alive when he was put in the trunk and as a matter of fact, he was even alive when a bystander stopped to give them aid. Dobbs says he is glad the suspect didn’t panic and try to hurt the bystander.