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Missouri Man Turns Himself In For Fatally Shooting Woman In Head On Halloween, Police Say

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Source: Raytown Police Department; UNSPLASH

Nov. 3 2022, Published 1:03 p.m. ET

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A suspect in a Halloween murder in Missouri turned himself in to authorities after the victim’s body was found dumped on the side of a road, police said.

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Shortly after 8 p.m. on Oct. 31, police in Raytown responded to a report of a person lying on the side of the road, KMBC reported.

Officers initially believed the woman, later identified as Melissa Lucker, was struck by a car but they determined she had been shot in the head.

Hours later, a man showed up at the police department and claimed Aaron Alexander Jr. phoned him around 8:30 or 9 p.m. that evening and said he got into a dispute with a woman he was romantically involved with and shot her in his vehicle, state probable cause documents obtained by KMBC.

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According to the witness, Alexander, 35, then said he pulled the victim’s body from his vehicle and onto the road.

Nearly two hours after the witness spoke with police and urged him to turn himself in, Alexander showed up at the Independence Police Department and appeared “intoxicated and remorseful” when he turned himself in for the shooting, charging documents state.

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The documents show a search of Alexander’s vehicle turned up what appeared to be blood on the passenger-side center console, door frame, seat and floorboard as well as in the back seat.

“After utilizing Luminol, it appeared a lot of blood had apparently been cleaned from the vehicle,” police wrote in the documents.

Detectives also recovered other evidence from the vehicle, including a spent cartridge casing, bullet and bottle of bleach

Alexander was booked into theJackson County Detention Center. He faces charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

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