Oran man facing murder charges in shooting death of his brother-in-law

Oran man facing murder charges in shooting death of his brother-in-law
Melvin Anderson is facing murder charges in the shooting death of his brother-in-law.

ORAN, Mo. (KFVS) - A man is facing more charges, including murder, in the shooting death of his brother-in-law.

Melvin Anderson, 32, was charged with first-degree murder - a class A felony; three counts of armed criminal action; two counts of second-degree murder - felony murder - perpetration of a felony, a person dies; second-degree domestic assault; first-degree kidnapping; unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution.

Anderson was already in custody on charges of second-degree domestic assault and second-degree kidnapping.

He is in the Stoddard County Jail under a no bond warrant.

According to Coroner Kenny Pope, the shooting victim was 27-year-old Tristan Davis.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday morning, July 1.

Coroner Kenny Pope said the preliminary results showed it was a homicide. He said Davis had been shot in the chest with a 12-gauge shotgun.

According to court documents, Stoddard County deputies received a 911 call on Friday, June 28 about a shooting on County Road 302. The caller reported a husband was beating his wife and her brother came to stop him. The husband then allegedly shot the brother and ran away.

The husband was identified as Melvin Anderson and the brother was identified as Tristan Davis.

Detectives say Melvin Anderson was found and arrested several hundred feet down County Road 302 at another home.

According to court documents, Anderson’s wife told officers she tried to leave the home multiple times, but said Melvin Anderson held her from leaving by wrapping his hands around her and squeezing her until she fell to the floor.

Melvin Anderson allegedly locked her in the home. Court documents state she was able to call her mother and asked her mother to call her brother for help.

According to court documents, in an interview with detectives, Melvin Anderson admitted to holding his wife against her will, pushing her into a wall and holding his hand over her mouth.

He allegedly admitted to detectives in an interview that he shot Tristan Davis, but claimed he did not know who was coming through the door.

He also allegedly admitted to being under the influence of marijuana and methamphetamine at the time of the events.

The investigation was conducted by the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol - Division of Drug and Crime Control and the Stoddard County Coroner’s Office.

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