Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane tells KRCG 13 Dayne Hathman, 6, died from 2 gunshot wounds.
A 3-hour autopsy was performed Friday morning on Hathman. Scottie Willet, 27, faces a first degree murder charge for the Thursday morning shooting death. A probable cause statement indicates Willet admitted shooting him. Willet was living with the boyâ??s family and was babysitting Hathman at the time of the murder. Deputies found the boyâ??s body hidden in Willetâ??s bedroom. Crane and Prosecutor Chris Wilson met Friday afternoon to discuss whether Willet will face the death penalty.
Crane said, â??At this time it is too early for him to make a decision without knowing all of the lab results and everything. As far as the death penalty, there has to be extenuating circumstances.â??
Macey Sing works with Dayne Hathmanâ??s mother Ladaynea Simpson at Fultonâ??s Post Office Bar and Grill. She organized a memorial fund on the internet to help the family. Dayne was Simpsonâ??s only child.
Sing said, â??I know it will probably help with funeral expenses since Ladaynea will be out of work for a while.â??
Dayneâ??s Memorial Fund has a goal of $10,000. Fund organizers were nearly half way toward that goal in less than 24 hours.
Investigators plan to send evidence to the Missouri Highway Patrol Crime Laboratory including a 40-caliber handgun, shell casings and clothing. Deputies are also checking a stolen car that Willet was driving shortly after the murder.
Investigators are not saying anything about the motive.