Eldon man gets life in the killing of a Versailles couple in 2013

An Eldon man has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to charges in connection with the Feb. 4, 2013, deaths of Carol and Freddie Wilson south of Versailles.

Derrell Spellmeyer, 45, Eldon, was charged with two counts each of second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

According to court records, he was sentenced to 999 years on the second second-degree murder charge and 50 years on each of the armed criminal action charges.

Each sentence is to be served consecutively.

As imposed by Morgan County Circuit Judge Stan Moore, the sentences total 1,129 years in prison.

Garland Mitchell, 46, and Mandy Mitchell, 29, both of Jefferson City, have each been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in this case. Their trials are scheduled for September in Camden County on a change of venue.

Court records showed the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a female at 12931 Dorsey Lane, south of Versailles near Route TT, that she had been shot in the head, according to Morgan County Det. Charles Black.

Morgan County deputies responded. While Black was traveling down Missouri 5 south, he observed a white van traveling north on 5. The van then swerved across the road, hitting another detective’s vehicle. The van then traveled to the side of the road, Black said in the statement.

Black and the deputies then took the three subjects — Spellmeyer, Garland and Mandy Mitchell — into custody at the accident scene, advising them of their Miranda rights.

Black said a small.32-caliber handgun, a bottle of hydrocodone belonging to Carol Wilson and a.32-caliber casing in Spellmeyer ‘s front pocket were recovered. Black said Spellmeyer had blood on his hands and clothing.

Deputies then arrived at 12931 Dorsey Lane and found Freddie and Carol Wilson.

Deputies stated that both victims were deceased and both subjects appeared to have gunshot and stabbing wounds, according to Black’s probable cause statement.

The same day, Black spoke with Spellmeyer at the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and Spellmeyer admitted to shooting the gun, stating, “They made me do it.” Spellmeyer later admitted to being in the residence located at 12931 Dorsey Lane and inflicting knife wounds on Freddie Wilson, Black said.

Investigators later spoke with Mandy and Garland Mitchell. The Mitchells stated that they drove Spellmeyer to the residence to obtain drugs, and that Spellmeyer went into the residence. Spellmeyer then returned to the vehicle with a gun in his hand, also having blood on his hands and clothing.

The Mitchells told Black they then fled the scene.

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