Document: Suspect shot young Sedalia mother dead while infant son was on couch next to her

Noah Kelliker was charged with second-degree murder in connection to the shooting death of Cassandra White. (KRCG 13)

A probable cause statement revealed details of a fatal shooting and arrest of a Pettis County murder suspect.

According to the court document, Joseph Nebergall arrived at his home Jan. 9 in the 24000 block of Oak Grove Lane at 8:30 p.m. and found his girlfriend, Cassandra White, had died. The probable cause statement also detailed that their infant son was laying on a couch, which was beside White. Their second son, a toddler, was in a front bedroom.

Investigators found 3-4 rounds had been fired at the scene and noticed the front glass door was shattered, consistent with a round having been fired through it. They found a round in the cushion of a recliner and a bullet hole in a living room window. A deputy learned Nebergall was involved in the sale and distribution of marijuana, and found a "large amount of green plant material" at the residence, which later tested postive for marijuana.

An anonymous tip informed the Oregon County (Missouri) Sheriff's Office that Noah Kelliker was a suspect and he was staying at the Masters Ranch, a ranch for homeless boys near Couch, Missouri. Oregon County sheriff's deputies found Kelliker at the ranch Jan. 11 and took him into custody on an active probation violation out of Saline County. They found a black semi-automatic pistol with a 17-capacity magazine in Kelliker's vehicle. The document stated the firearm had 13 live Lugger 9mm rounds, suggesting four were missing. The rounds were consistent with those found at the scene in Pettis County, the document stated.

Investigators saw what appeared to be a large amount of dried blood on the front and back of the shirt Kelliker was wearing at the time of his arrest, according to the probable cause statement.

The next day, deputies attempted to speak with Kelliker, but he did not want to talk without a lawyer. The document stated Kelliker, without prompting, said he "might know something" and appeared to cry.

Kelliker was charged Jan. 9 with second-degree murder, armed criminal action and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.

Nebergall later was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession.

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