Family of slain Missouri man wants charges in his death

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — The family of a slain Cape Girardeau man are upset that a prosecutor has decided not to file charges in his death.

Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said he will not file charges against a man who stabbed Walter Scott Claar on July 3. He said the man was acting in self-defense, and state law allows the use of deadly force against someone who is committing a forcible felony.

But Claar’s father, Eddie Claar, told The Southeast Missourian ( that his son was held and stabbed during the altercation. He also disputes reports that his son was beating the female victim when a man who was trying to get him out of the house struck him with a knife.

Claar died of his injuries four days later.


Information from: Southeast Missourian,


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