7th Person Charged in Beating Death of Robert Willhite

By KOLR10 News

Published 08/26 2014 12:40PM

Updated 08/26 2014 01:09PM

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- Another person is now charged with the July 25 beating death of an elderly man in Pulaski County, Missouri.

Prosecutors filed eight felony charges against Earl Crossland, 35, of Wyanesville, including second degree murder, burglary and stealing firearms.

Crossland is now the seventh person charged with the robbery and fatal beating of Robert Willhite, at his home last month. 

Read the probable cause statement attached above this story.

According to deputies, Willhite was severely beaten to a point where his eyes were swollen shut, blood and several marks covered his face.

Willhite was flown to a trauma center where he later died of his injuries.

Deputies say several collectable coins valued at around $5,000, along with two AR-15 assault rifles valued at $3,000 were stolen in the incident.

A break in the investigation came July 28 when the parents of one of the suspects went to deputies to say their daughter had come home with several silver coins.  When her parents confronted her about the coins, Berry told them “something bad had happened,” according to a probable cause statement.

Also charged in the robbery and beating are Vernon Dale Parker, Shawn A. Green, Jessica Berry, Roby Sapere, Thomas York and Melissa Winkle.

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