As family members prepared to lay Sean Crow to rest, authorities announced they now consider his death a homicide.
According to Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russ Oliver, 29-year-old Matthew Cook and 45-year-old Glen Scott Evans now face charges of first degree murder, armed criminal action, and first degree robbery.
Bond on Evans has been set at $250,000 cash only. Cook is being held with no bond.
According to court documents, Crow was shot to death.
Crow's body was discovered Wednesday in a red pickup truck outside the Advance McDonald's.
A Stoddard County Sheriff's Department press release says preliminary findings from an autopsy conducted on the 34-year-old this week reveal Crow's death was not natural, accidental or self-inflicted.
The sheriff's office says tips from the public helped police make the arrests.
According to the probable cause statement, Crow was shot in the face. Authorities found a .22 caliber shell casing at the scene.
According to the affidavit, (Glen) Scott Evans told police that on the 19th he was contacted by Matt Cook.
After drinking some beers Cook allegedly asked Evans to drive him to Advance to "take care of some business with a guy."
On the way Matt Cook allegedly used a woman's cell phone, texting Crow multiple times.
Evans said he dropped off Cook at the Advance McDonald's, and said Cook had a pistol.
Evans told police he parked across the highway, and witnessed Cook walk up to the victim's truck then saw the victim's head slump over.
Evans then told police he picked up Cook and headed south on Highway 25.
According to the probable cause statement, Evans asked Cook what he did, and Cook said he shot him (Crow) in the face.
Cook allegedly stole $19.00 from the victim and his cell phone
Another person told police that Matt Cook told him that he killed Sean Crow.
Cook also reportedly burned some clothes related to shooting.
In the affidavit by Hank Trout of the Stoddard County Sheriff's Department, Cook was brought in for questioning and told investigators that no one else was involved...."I did it".
During the interview, Cook told authorities he admitted to using a woman's cell phone to text Sean Crow.
According to the affidavit, during the interview with authorities Matt Cook was asked did Sean think it was him (Cook) or the woman texting him. Cook then allegedly replied to authorities saying, "Would you go meet a guy, neither would I, so there is your answer."
Sean Crow graduated from Bernie High School and was a heavy equipment operator in the Parma area.
Family members tell Heartland News that Crow would do anything for anybody, and was loved by many.
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