UPDATE: Taney County Sheriff Investigates Deadly Shooting

TANEY COUNTY, Mo -- Eldon Ault has been charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action. He is held in the county jail on a $500,000 bond.

Dianna Merritt, 70, was the victim of a shooting early Friday morning.

Merritt was found deceased this morning with a single gunshot wound, according to a press release from the Taney County Sheriff's Office.

Officers received a call of a shooting at about 5 a.m. at 188 Rolling Meadows Road, north of Forsyth.

Ault, 73, living with the woman, was taken into custody at the residence.



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