Man accused of killing Clinton police officer pleads not guilty

Man accused of killing Clinton police officer pleads not guilty

Man accused of killing Clinton police officer pleads not guilty

Two men charged in connection with the death of a Clinton Police officer made their first court appearances Friday.

"Officer Michael's family and his department still grieve, and the entire state of Missouri joins them in their grief", said Governor Eric Greitens.

"Noble acted like he was visibly upset and faked crying", according to the affidavit. When asked why he was behaving that way, he told police he had sold the gun to McCarthy.

McCarthy fled the scene in a vehicle but crashed two blocks from the scene of the shooting.

Shields claims Noble knew the weapon had been used in the crime.

Henry County Sheriff Kent Oberkrom said he thinks McCarthy may have been aided by another person during his time at large. Noble then "stared" at the officer for about a minute, "blankly", before the officer asked again and he said that he knew where the weapon was. He says he "panicked" Monday when he saw the rifle leaning against a doorway at his home.

Noble said he couldn't tell them where the gun was, but he could tell them where he threw it.

On Thursday, the officers drove him to the location outside the city and found the gun in water near the intersection of NW 300th and NW 131st roads.

Ian McCarthy, 39, is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in Michael's death.

The prosecutor said it's common in a case where the death penalty is possible.

The investigation is continuing and could result in charges against other individuals.

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