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Documents: Cole County murder suspect called 911 to report deaths

21-year-old Austin Corrigan was charged with with Second-Degree Murder, First-Degree Assault, and Armed Criminal Action after the death of 63-year-old Clifton Withers. (Cole County Sheriff's Office).


Twenty-one-year-old Austin Corrigan was charged with second-degree murder, first-degree assault, and armed criminal action after the death of 63-year-old Clifton Withers.

Cole County Sheriff John Wheeler stated a woman called 911 just before 4 a.m. stating she and her boyfriend, Withers, had been shot by a male suspect. When law enforcement arrived to the 4500 block of Route E, they found Withers dead and his girlfriend wounded. Emergency personnel transported the woman to University Hospital, where she was in stable condition with wounds to her leg.

According to a probable cause statement, minutes after the woman called, Corrigan called 911 and said he heard Withers and his girlfriend, Carol had been killed at their home on Route E. When questioned, Corrigan said that is just what he heard and that he went to the location to check on them. He went on to state that he believed Withers and Carol were meth dealers.

During the call to dispatch, Corrigan was asked his location and what vehicle he was in, which was a Blue Jeep that he said belonged to his mother's boyfriend.

A Jefferson City police officer saw the suspect vehicle and tried to stop it, a release stated. Following a pursuit, Corrigan was arrested in Holts Summit.

The female victim described he shooter she knew as Corrigan, as well as his clothing, which matched his description at the time of his arrest.

The owner of the Jeep was unable to reach Corrigan and said Corrigan had left in the Jeep around 3:30 a.m., and that's when he realized that a handgun and ammunition belonging to him was missing. Detectives at the scene recovered the same shell casings the Jeep owner said were missing.


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