Three Charged With Murder for Death of Khighla Parks

By KOLR10 News

Published 11/20 2013 01:05PM

Updated 11/20 2013 05:38PM

GREENE COUNTY, Mo. – Three people have now been charged with murder for the death of Khighla Parks and Anthony Balbirnie, the man originally charged for the death, now faces additional charges for the death of an additional woman in 2008.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, Anthony J. Balbirnie, 48, along with Amy L. Hartley, 48, and Larry L. Warner, 40, have been charged with murdering Khighla Parks. 

Khighla, 15, went missing from her home near Willard on September 21, 2012.  Days after, on Sept. 30, her body was found in Truman Lake in Benton County, Mo. 

During the last few weeks, the following charges have been made:

In Benton County:

Anthony J. Balbirnie
  • Murder in the 2nd Degree
  • Statutory Rape
  • Tampering with Physical Evidence
  • Child Molestation
  • Tampering with Physical Evidence

Amy L. Hartley
  • Murder in the 2nd Degree
  • Statutory Sodomy

In Dallas County:

Larry L. Warner
  • Murder in the 2nd Degree
  • Conspiracy to Commit Statutory Sodomy
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Child

Anthony J. Balbirnie
  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Tampering with Evidence

Along with the charges filed against Balbirnie for the death of Khighla Parks, he has been charged in relation to the death of the 2008 death of Theresa Mohler.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, Theresa Mohler was at Balbirnie’s residence in Polk County on August 10, 2008.  While there, Mohler was bound, held against her will, forcibly injected with narcotics and raped over several days by Balbirnie.

On Aug. 15, Mohler escaped the residence on foot and made her way back to Springfield, Mo., where she received medical attention at a hospital.

After a medical examination, it was determined that Mohler had obtained a serious infection from the forcible injection Balbirnie. The infection later lead to Mohler’s death.

After an investigation into the incident charges were filed against Balbirnie from Polk County as murder in the second degree, first degree assault and forcible rape.

Balbirnie is currently incarcerated at the Missouri Department of corrections at the Northeast Correctional Center in Bowling Green, Mo. serving a seven-year sentence on a parole violation stemming from the Khighla Parks case.

Larry Warner is being held on a $500,000 bond in the Dallas County Jail and Amy Hartley is incarcerated in the Benton County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

Investigators believe there may be more individuals with further information in reference to these crimes.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D Headquarters at 417-895-6868.  Callers may remain anonymous.


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