The Greene County Prosecutor’s Office has announced charges against four people in connection with the murder of a Willard couple, and says the killing was orchestrated by the ex-wife of one of the victims.
Victim Alexander Chute had been in a custody battle with his ex-wife, Theresa Cox. Cox is accused of orchestrating the murder of Chute and his girlfriend Brianna Sproul on the front porch of their home in Willard.
The charges filed against the four are:
- Theresa Cox, 27, of Springfield is charged with murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree, and two counts of armed criminal action.
- Duncan Bogle, 20, of Springfield is charged with two counts of murder in the first degree, two counts of armed criminal action, and endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree.
- Matthew Plumb, 43, of Springfield is charged with murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree, two counts of armed criminal action, and tampering with physical evidence.
- Therin Plumb, 18, of Springfield is charged with tampering with physical evidence.
“The charges announced today are the result of the tireless hard work and dedication of the officers of the Willard Police Department,
assisted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Missouri Organized Crime Information Center, and the Springfield Police Department,” Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson said in a statement. “The Greene County Sheriff’s Department and the United States’ Marshal Service provided invaluable aid in arresting the suspects.”
Court documents say that Cox had recruited her new partner Duncan Bogle to carry out the killing of Chute and Sproul. Cox and Bogle were arrested in San Francisco.
Matthew Plumb helped Cox by providing her with an alibi and disposing of the murder weapon. Therin Plumb, who had originally agreed to help in the killings but backed out, allegedly helped to get rid of the gun.
Bogle’s additional charge of endangering the welfare of a child comes from the fact the four-year-old daughter of Chute was in the home at the time of the killings.