|Krystal Nicole Buras (mug shot SCSO)|
A woman who was charged with felony tampering with physical evidence in connection to the 2012 murder of Carl Anderson pled guilty to lesser charges last week.
Anderson disappeared from Teri Dean-Morrison's home near Hootentown in February of 2012. His charred dismembered remains were discovered in a pond on property belonging to a former boyfriend of Dean-Morrison's a few weeks after his disappearance.
Stone County prosecutor Matt Selby says he amended the charge against Krystal Nicole Buras to misdemeanor tampering with physical evidence shortly before the plea "based on the evidence."
Buras, of Spring, Texas, was charged after she retrieved evidence that authorities believe were used in the commission of Anderson's murder from her boyfriend, Eugene Crider's, truck. Authorities had been actively searching for Crider's vehicle for several weeks before Buras showed up to visit him in the Stone County jail, where she was arrested.
"I'm not sure she was aware of what she was getting caught up in," said Selby. "I think we had the evidence to support a felony conviction, but it would not have been the fair and just thing to do."
Buras was placed on two years unsupervised probation and could be called as a witness by the state in upcoming trials.
Dean-Morrison and Crider, who are each facing murder, armed criminal action and tampering with physical evidence charges, are scheduled to stand trial next year.
Cheryl Crawford, who had been charged with murder but pled guilty to felony tampering charges, was sentenced last September to eight years in prison.