Missouri 88-year-old murder suspect allegedly boasted he was 'kind of tickled' after fatally shooting man

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Source: MEGA; Christian County jail

May 21 2021, Updated 4:21 p.m. ET

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An 88-year-old man who allegedly considered killing a man for years snapped because he made him do chores and is now accused of murder, according to court documents.

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Larry Lee Shaw fatally shot Kenny Barnes, 52, at a home in Ozark on May 19, authorities said.

First responders arriving at the scene discovered Shaw holding a gun, the Springfield News-Leader reported, citing court documents.

In an interview with the murder suspect, who reportedly had lived with Barnes for six or seven years, Ozark police learned Shaw allegedly claimed he planned the murder because the victim used foul language and treated him poorly, court documents show.

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The day of the murder, the documents state, Shaw told investigators he had enough when Barnes asked him to do chores. Shaw allegedly got a gun, sat waiting for three hours in a recliner and then shot Barnes in the chest when the man finally approached him, the documents state. 

Shaw allegedly told Ozark police he was “kind of tickled” about the murder and wanted to urinate on the victim’s grave.

He was booked into the Christian County Jail on a first-degree murder charge and held without bond.


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