Mental Exam Ordered for Man Convicted of Double Murder

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NEOSHO, Mo. — A mental exam is ordered for a man from Springdale, Arkansas convicted of murdering his former girlfriend and her grandfather in Barry County.

Forty-year-old Christopher Paschall was scheduled for sentencing this week, but Judge Jack Goodman permitted the exam after a motion from the defense and no objection from the state.

Paschall is now scheduled to return to court in Neosho on March 21st. The case was moved to Newton County on a change of venue.

According to a probable cause statement, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a home in rural Washburn on Jan. 5, 2015, after a man called 911 but was unable to say anything to the dispatcher.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found 29-year-old Casey Lee Brace dead on the floor. Her grandfather, 76-year-old Herb Townsend, was injured and told officers that he and Brace had been shot by Paschall.

Townsend was unable to say anything else and was taken to a Springfield hospital, where he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Deputies learned that Paschall and Brace’s two-year-old child had been in the home at the time of the murders. Investigators said Paschall took the child after the shootings.

An Amber Alert was issued for the missing girl, and Paschall was found with her at his mother’s home in Springdale.

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