(Lebanon, MO) -- Prosecutors say robbery is the motive behind the murders of an elderly couple in rural Laclede County.
Charges are now filed against Jesse Dean Driskill, 30, of Lebanon for murder, armed criminal action and burglary.
The bodies of Coleen Wilson, 76 and Johnnie Wilson, 82, were found in their home near the Laclede-Dallas county line Monday evening, by a granddaughter who had not been able to reach them during the day.
Deputies found the bodies in the dining room of the home, which had been set on fire in an apparent attempt to cover up evidence. The Wilson's missing SUV was found, also burned, about 5 miles away near Conway, Missouri.
According to court documents filed along with the criminal charges, Driskill bragged about the crime, allegedly telling witnesses the Wilsons had caught him in the act of trying to steal their car. Witnesses told investigators Driskill said he raped the woman, shot both victims, then used gasoline to set the house on fire.
Investigators say the Wilsons both had traumatic head injuries. Autopsies were being scheduled in Springfield to determine exact cause of death.
According to the probable cause statement from Highway Patrol investigators, Driskill was arrested a short time later in Lebanon and asked for an attorney. Blood-stained clothing was found in a trash bag outside the house where Driskill was staying, the documents indicate.
Read the court documents related to this case, attached below.