Christian Co. Murder Suspect Changes Plea to Guilty in Agreement

OZARK, Mo. – A jury was seated, but the defendant changed his plea overnight in the case of the third person accused in the 2014 slaying of a man his attackers thought to be an informant of their illegal drug activity.

Between the seating of the jury on Monday and the start of the court session Tuesday morning, Timothy Murray, 29, accepted a plea agreement with prosecutors and changed his plea to guilty on charges of 2nd-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Christopher Younes, 35, of Marshfield.

He was sentenced to 18 years in prison on the murder charge and 10 years on the ACA charge.

Murray, who was to be tried on first-degree murder charges and armed criminal action, is the third person to plead guilty in the death of Younes, who was found dead in June of 2014 in the Mark Twain National Forest near Chadwick. He has been shot to death.

On Monday, 29-year old Gabriella Shields pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and ACA in the death. She is to be sentenced on July 17. Earlier this month, Albert Romero, 43, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.


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