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Eldon man withdraws guilty plea to murder charges

Eldon man withdraws guilty plea to murder charges

44-year-old charged in deaths of Versailles couple

January 18th, 2014 in News

An Eldon man who pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the February 2013 deaths of Carol and Freddie Wilson south of Versailles has been allowed to withdraw that plea.

Derrell Spellmeyer, 44, of Eldon, has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

He was scheduled to be sentenced this week, but court records show Spellmeyer requested the withdrawal of his plea, not his defense lawyer.

Judge Kenneth Hayden recused himself from the case and ordered the case be transferred to Judge Stan Moore's court for further proceedings next month.

Garland Mitchell, 45, of Jefferson City, and Mandy Mitchell, 28, of Jefferson City, have each been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in this case. Both were scheduled to go to trial at the end of the month, but during court hearings earlier this week, they were both granted a change of venue in their cases, which now will be heard in Camden County. Their trials will be rescheduled.

At 11:05 a.m. Feb. 4, 2013, Morgan County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from a female caller at 12931 Dorsey Lane, south of Versailles near Route TT, that she had been shot in the head, according to Morgan County Detective Charles Black.

Morgan County deputies responded. While Black was traveling down Highway 5 south, he observed a white van traveling north on Missouri 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 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 stated Spellmeyer had blood on his hands and clothing.

Deputies then arrived at 12931 Dorsey Lane and found the bodies of Freddie and Carol Wilson. Deputies stated 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.