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Southern Missouri murder case moves to Cole County

Southern Missouri murder case moves to Cole County

June 14th, 2018 by News Tribune in Local News

A murder case from southern Missouri has been moved to Cole County on a change of venue.

As of Wednesday, no court date has been issued for Drew Atchison, 24, of Williamsville, and no judge has been assigned to hear the case. The Missouri Attorney General's Office is involved in the prosecution of this case.

Atchison is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action, one count of felony child kidnapping and one count of felony tampering in the first degree in Wayne County, approximately 140 miles southwest of St. Louis.

Police say Atchison confessed to killing Samara Kitts, 23; her boyfriend, Harley Million, 24; and their 17-month-old daughter, Willa Million.

Butler County authorities found the bodies of the three victims the morning of Jan. 29. A probable cause statement filed with the court shows Million's and Kitts' throats had been slashed and the child had been shot in the head.

When detectives interviewed Atchison, he admitted to being at the family's home Jan. 25 and subsequently confessed to killing the three victims, according to court documents.

Police said after Atchison killed Million and Kitts, he put their bodies into the bed of Million's truck. He then allegedly went back inside the home and shut the toddler in a room with dogs so she couldn't get out before he left and drove back home, according to authorities.

The following morning, he went back to the family's home, where he allegedly destroyed evidence at the crime scene.

Authorities say the suspect then put the little girl inside Million's truck before driving to a wooded area. He then is said to have thrown the knife and hid the bodies of Kitts and Million underneath blankets and trash.

Court documents state Atchison then retrieved the girl from the truck, shot her to death, and buried her body beneath the trash and blankets alongside her parents.

Deputies say Atchison threw Million's vehicle registration into a river and drove the vehicle to his home, where he parked it underneath a carport. He then allegedly attempted to conceal the truck by covering it with tarps.

The probable cause statement filed in this case gave no indication for a motive in this crime.