An Auxvasse man has pleaded not guilty to murder and assault charges relating to the death of his neighbor.
Jake Gastler is charged with second-degree murder and two counts of first-degree assault in the death of Zachary W. O'Connor and the injury of Zachary's father, Michael. Gastler called the Callaway County Sheriff's Office around 1 a.m. on Aug. 31 to report he had found the O'Connors lying in a pool of blood. Deputies arrested and charged Gastler after inconsistencies surfaced in his account of what happened.
Each charge carries a sentence of between 10 and 30 years or life imprisonment.