No Charges in One Lawrence County Shooting Death

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. -- No charges will be filed in the shooting death of a woman from Mount Vernon this week.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's office says Rhonda Hood, 44, was found shot to death on Monday. 
One person at the house was taken in for questioning.

In a news release Thursday, the Sheriff's department says it has finished the investigation into Hood's death and sent the information to the Prosecuting Attorney
who ruled the shooting was "justified in defense of himself and the other people in the house."

The man is still in custody on an unrelated matter, which the sheriff did not identify.

The shooting death of Nolan Karch, 82, is still under investigation.  Karch was found at a home near Aurora Monday after friends had not heard from him for several days.  He had multiple gunshot wounds, deputies say.   No arrests have been made in that case.

News release:

01/05/2017 - Hood Shooting Ruled Justifiable
The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has received word from the Lawrence County Prosecutor that he is not filing charges related to the death of 44 year old Rhonda Hood.
The Sheriff's Office has completed its investigation into the shooting that occurred in rural Mt. Vernon on Monday January 2, 2017.  The information obtained as a result of the investigation was forwarded to the Prosecutor for review and to determine if charges would be filed.
After reviewing the information, it was determined that based on the facts, the shooting was justified by the person involved in defense of himself and the other household occupants.  While no charges are expected in reference to the shooting, the person involved is still in custody because of unrelated circumstances that warranted his arrest.


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