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Eugene Crider at plea hearing


Prosecutors say an argument over methamphetamine is what led to the 2012 murder of a man near Hootentown.

Lawyers for Euguene Crider announced that he would enter an Alford plea to charges of second degree murder and two counts of tampering with evidence just as his trial was set to begin last week.

Carl Anderson was reported missing by his mother in late February after he failed to return home from a visit to Teri Dean-Morrison's home at 263 Akita Run.

Prosecutor Matt Selby said in a statement of facts at the plea hearing that Anderson kept in close contact with his mother because both were suffering from severe medical problems.

On February 23rd, Dean-Morrison called a friend over and showed her and Anderson a large amount of meth.  After ingesting some of the drug, Dean-Morrison, Anderson and Janie Wanglie left the house and went to a restaurant in Nixa.



Carl Anderson


There they were joined by Cheryl Crawford, who was involved in a romantic relationship with Dean-Morrison. Wanglie told investigators the last time she saw Carl alive was when he and Dean-Morrison left the restaurant together.

Later that afternoon Crawford received a call from Dean-Morrison saying she needed a ride home from Carl's home near Highlandville.  Crawford says on the way back to the Akita Run residence Dean-Morrsion became angry with Anderson after she discovered the methamphetamine she showed him earlier that day was missing.

Dean-Morrison believed Anderson placed the missing meth in a storage shed when they visited his mother's property earlier that day.

Anderson denied having the missing drugs and Crider, who lived in a camper trailer on Dean-Morrison's property, became involved in the altercation. 

Crawford was told to leave the house as the fight was escalating.  When she returned, the argument had turned physical and Anderson was being beaten in Dean-Morrison's living room by Crider.



Teri Dean Morrison' house



Dean-Morrison kept demanding that Anderson provide the combination to the lock on the shed while he was being beaten.  Crawford drove Dean-Morrison to Anderson's where they were met by Anderson's sister, Vicki Lewallen, who wondered why the pair was trying to get inside the shed that Anderson went to great lengths to keep locked and went to investigate.

Lewallen helped the women open the shed and saw Teri grab what appeared to be an "eight ball" of methamphetamine from a shelf in the shed.  Dean-Morrison was unsatisfied with the amount of meth she recovered and when she returned home began yelling at Anderson, who was lying injured on the living room floor, and demanded that he answer her questions.  Selby says an argument over money may have boiled over as well.

Selby said that by this time Crider was holding an ax handle and he began beating Anderson with it.  

Crawford, who was in another part of the house getting things ready to take Dean-Morrison's son to a basketball game, told Dean-Morrison it was time to go, but Dean-Morrison said she was staying.  After the game Dean-Morrison met her lover and son at a Chinese restaurant in Ozark. 

When Dean-Morrison arrived, she looked pale and sick, according to Selby.  Dean-Morrison told Crawford they needed to pick up cleaning supplies on their way home.

After putting her son to bed, Dean-Morrison, Crawford and Crider went into Teri's bedroom.  The door was broken, there was blood on the walls and ceiling and Anderson lay dead on the floor wrapped in a comforter.




Crider, Crawford and Dean-Morrison then loaded Anderson's body into the back of Crawford's van.  The women then dumped Anderson's remains on the property of Earl Kearney, a former lover and employer of Dean-Morrison's.

Crider went to Wal-Mart in Ozark and purchased additional cleaning supplies and the trio spent most of the night cleaning the residence.

After Teri's son left for school on Friday February 25th, Crawford and Dean-Morrison returned to the property where Anderson's remains had been dumped and covered it with sticks, leaves and other debris and set them on fire.

After the fire was started, Crawford and Dean-Morrison went back to the house on Akita Run and continued making repairs.  

Authorities began tracking cell phone activity on Anderson's phone and say cell phone tower pings showed the last call he made was in the vicinity of Dean-Morrison's home.

When authorities went to Dean-Morrison's house on Monday February 27th to investigate Anderson's disappearance they noted that a bedroom door, windows and carpet had been replaced.

When investigators asked Crider what he did on February 23rd he said he had spent the afternoon in Springfield with Melinda Juarez.  When she was contacted, Juarez confirmed that she had been with Crider.

When cops looked in the back of Crider's truck that day they noted a gas can, hoe and shovel with ash on the blade of it. 

On March 6th authorities obtained a search warrant for Dean-Morrison's property.  Missouri State Highway Patrol Detective Dan Nash found small spots of what appeared to be blood on the ceiling, walls and a ceiling fan in Teri's bedroom. Attempts to cover blood spots with texturing were found throughout the room and a window and carpet in the room had recently been replaced. 

Nash took swabs of the blood stains and sent them to the Missouri Highway Patrol Crime Lab for analysis.  

When Stone County Detective Matt Maggard questioned Crider he denied having any knowledge of anyone buying cleaning supplies or cleaning up a crime scene.  Maggard later found receipts dated about 1 a..m. February 24th, the night Anderson went missing, inside Crider's trailer that showed purchases for cleaning supplies, texturing, mini blinds, windows and carpet. They also found money wire receipts that Krystal Buras, a woman from Spring, Texas, had sent to Crider.

Stone County Detective Shawn Fields obtained store surveillance that showed Crider making the purchases.

On Monday March 9th Fields received confirmation from the crime lab that the blood samples taken from inside Dean-Morrison's residence belonged to Anderson.  Armed with that information authorities went to Dean-Morrison's residence but Crider, Crawford and Dean-Morrison were gone---as were Crawford's mini van and Crider's pickup truck.

After learning that Dean-Morrison left her son with her father, authorities issued a be on the lookout bulletin for the trio.

Investigators were in the middle of obtaining additional evidence from Dean-Morrison's home when they learned the trio had been arrested in Osage Beach.  The van was full of personal belongings and it appeared they planned to be gone for an extended period.

At that point the suspects were jailed on charges of tampering with physical evidence.  An examination of Dean-Morrison's cell phone revealed that she had been in constant contact with Kearney that weekend.

Charges were upgraded to murder in mid March after authorities obtained a search warrant for Kearney's property and discovered Anderson's charred liver in a deep pond.



Earl Kearney's property


Melinda Juarez contacted authorities and told them she had lied about being with Crider.  She said Crider told her he needed an alibi because he had broken parole by traveling to Oklahoma and did not want to get caught.  She also said Crider told her he helped get rid of a body by burning it.  He said what did burn was spread in piles of brush and what didn't, he tossed in a nearby body of water. 

Detectives continued to search for Crider's missing truck and began monitoring his phone calls from the Stone County jail.  Crider asked his girlfriend, Krystal Buras, to come to Missouri and remove items from the back of his truck and trailer.

When Buras came to visit Crider in the Stone County jail on March 31st she was questioned by detectives and admitted that she removed items from the back of Crider's vehicle.  Authorities found a shovel, hoe, tools and personal items of Crider's inside Buras' vehicle.

Detectives later found Crider's truck parked at a Wal Mart in Springfield.  The gas can was still in the back, according to Selby.

On May 23rd Crider could be sentenced to life in prison (30 years) for the murder conviction and up to 14 years on the tampering charges.  Whatever he is sentenced to will be served concurrently (at the same time) due to a plea agreement.

Cheryl Crawford pleaded guilty last fall to charges of tampering with evidence.  She was sentenced to eight years in prison.



Krystal Nicole Buras (mug shot courtesy SCSO)


Krystal Buras pleaded guilty to charges of tampering with evidence and was placed on two years probation.

Teri Dean-Morrison is scheduled to stand trial in May in Jasper County where her case was moved on a change of venue.

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

Must have meant to say the Dean had left her son with her father since his committed suicide in November 2011.

Maggie said...

I am Cheryl's wife and I am devastated to learn the extent of her involvement as is her family. I cannot understand how she would leave the house and go to a ball game while knowing this man was being beaten and not call the cops as she could have saved his life but chose not to. I also cannot understand how anyone could dump and burn a persons body especially if you didn't kill him so no reason for her to help but she did. I think it is Evil and Sick! I am not sure how someone I loved so deeply for so long came to this but I am done! M Crawford

Kathee Baird said...

@ anon 10:41:

You're right. It was a mistake and it has been corrected.

Maggie said...

Also Teri would never be Cheryl's lover that is just and they were not in a romantic relationship. Unless you call Teri kissing Cheryl a few times to get her to fall for her so she could control and use her a romance . If that is the case then when Teri did the same to me I guess I was involved in a romance..lol. But I am not dilusional, easily manipulated, and using meth as Cheryl is. I guess if you are then you can create what you want in your mind just as she decided Teri's son was her son. Poor kid deserves musch better than either of them and their insanity and I hope he has it now.

Maggie said...

I have been thinking about this Kathee more clearly since I know what actually happened . I know the Cheryl was at OTC in Ozark for her classes that day before she met up with them at Bumsteads. I also have a picture of Cheryl taken by Teri 5 days earlier and she has a bruised neck and black eye and I was told it was Teri by a bartender. I also know Cheryl had recieved $8000 that month so is possible she helped or paid for the meth Teri had.
I think it may have been Cheryl who went to Teri's house and took the meth between leaving OTC in Ozark and going to Bumsteads in Nixa as Teri's house is in Highlandville and Cheryl lived there and had a key. Teri thought she was her little lapdog and never suspected her but I was with her for 11 years and gave her the world and waited on her hand and foot and she stabbed me in the back so Teri is a fool to think she wouldn't her as well.
I am not sure why anyone would be in a room for awhile getting ready for a childs game so think that is strange and I think if Carl had the meth he would have given it to Teri sometime during this torture of him. The drugs in his shed were probably his own since they were not the amount that was taken. I think Cheryl was scared and went to game knowing she should do something but she is a weasel and Teri deserves the weasel she wanted to do her bidding but Carl didn't. Just my thought may be wrong.

Maggie said...

Just to be perfectly clear I love Cheryl and I probably always will and my thoughts are not out of anger or vindictivness just my true thoughts to make sense of this horror.

Anonymous said...

Should clarify Buras sent Crider $$ on a regular basis...as a matter of fact a weekly basis for over a year NOT just that one time you stated. Lets re-visit this soon and get some FACTS straight!

Kathee Baird said...

@ anon March 29......The FACT is at a motion hearing evidence was presented of ONE money wire receipt from Buras.

Defense tried to have that thrown out. They didn't win.

Thanks for chiming in!


k

Anonymous said...

Cuzs carl we love you and miss you. You was taken from us way too suddenly. Not a day goes by we don't stop and think about you. I miss your smile and your laugh .I know your in heaven watching over all of us. Til we meet again cuzs

Maggie said...

How stupid were Cheryl and Teri to think they could burn a body by putting leaves and sticks over him. I can imagine all they accomplished was burning the comforter off him and leaving him exposed completely . Idiots!

Maggie said...

You know Janie Wanglie saying that Cheryl and Teri had sex is because she is besties with Ron Leffel one of Teri's exes and he told her that because Teri dumped him and was bitter. It is just not true and I am disappointed that you would print something just because someone said it without any real evidence.Janie is not a reliable source and just another druggie. Teri Dean is not a lesbian but is a person willing to pretend bi to get something from idiots and it worked with about all but me.If you hear it from the horses mouth and not just gossip then ok I have no problem with you printing it in your story but wasn't the case. It is the problem I have with what you wrote on my case as well . Lies are not facts so maybe you should not print everything that some asshole says but what is proven to be true. You can do what you want but isn't the right thing to do.

Maggie said...

And before you get all defensive Kathee I am just saying that to say Cheryl met her lover when that is not true you might have said that allegedly met her lover. Now if Teri and Cheryl both said they are lovers then is ok but not cool for Teri's sons on top of the death of their dad and Teri's crap for you to say this when you do not know is really true and I have told you this before on the phone 2 years ago.

Maggie said...

I mean you don't want to post that someone says Matt Selby is gay but you state it as fact when someone says Teri Dean is and she isn't. Why?

Anonymous said...

what good for goose is good for gander ha ha

Anonymous said...

"...Cheryl met her lover when that is not true you might have said that allegedly met her lover.."
still stated as lovers, just that these lovers "allegedly" met.

Anonymous said...

Gossip either way and should not have been in the article. A decent person would report facts not everything everyone alleges or pick and choose who you are willing to smear with gossip and who you are not.If someone testified to it in court and how they knew would be different.

Kathee Baird said...

Everything in this article was stated during Selby's statement to the court.


k

Maggie said...

Whatever that means IDK but I know Teri isn't gay even though she kissed Cheryl and I a few times it was obvious to me because unlike Cheryl I have been with many sexy girls. I knew she was trying to get us under her spell and control so I didn't fall for it. Cheryl did but that was all Cheryl got from Teri. Teri has a thing about weight and why she started using in first place to lose weight after last baby. No way she would have sex with Cheryl even if she liked her as a person and she was bi or gay because Cheryl looks disgusting nude. I loved her and I could barely be with her intimately besides I have spent many nights there and saw how Teri treats Cheryl as opposed to how well she treated me. She has told me many times she doesn't like her and I can tell she doesn't and she wouldn't let Cheryl disrobe anywhere near her and I doubt as bad as Cheryl's body is she would anyway. I have already told you it is Janie's listening to Ron and Teri acting like these idiot men are going to get a threesome to lure them for money and drugs. I have been told they are called dirtlegs when they do this..lol. Believe what you want but you shouldn't print everything some idiot says unless it was said in court. Just sayin ;)

Maggie said...

That isn't testimony because Janie Wanglie said it to Matt Selby. Nor is it proof. Now if evidence or admimmted from either of them which I know it wasn't then I could understand him putting it in but same old bs from him trying to stir it up worse than it is so he can get attention as usual all he cares about. Just my opinion.

Maggie said...

I can see you are not wanting to post what I say so I guess I will anoymous..lol. The last thing I have to say about this foolishness is no prosecutor but Matt Selby would lower themselves to include that crap in a court where a person wasn't testifying. And just because he lowered himself doesn't mean you had to. Live with the cosequenses like he will. Thanks for posting my opinion..lol.

Kathee Baird said...

You're confused. No, it wasn't testimony but a statement of FACTS entered in to the official court transcript at Crider's plea hearing.

IT WAS SAID IN COURT. I was at the plea hearing and heard it all. Buy the transcript if you want to see what it says.

Please, as far as I know I have posted every one of the comments you have left.

"Live with the cosequenses (sic)"...what is that supposed to mean?


k

Maggie said...

I mean it wasn't a statement of facts it was a statement from a liar. Statements saying facts are just that facts that are proven surely you know the difference in a liar stating it without proof and evidence it is true or the person admitting is true and Teri didn't admit it as it isn't true and I know there isn't evidence so just lies as usual submitted by Matt Selby as truth without evidence or proof that simply isn't! I mean that if you post some druggies lies because Selby submits them as evidence as usual don't be surprised if people think you are wrong and he is wrong. I got an idea for you why don't you put yourself in the heart of all the people Matt Selby has charged knowing they are innocent and charged them wth multiple counts if they don't plead guilty and held them in jail on high bonds because of the multiple counts for very long periods of time then says all this nonsense in court to make people think they are guilty knowing his sheeple will print it and make the person look guilty. He of course gets feathers in his cap even knowing he railroads everyone more than they deserve and sometimes the innocent. That said I do think they are guilty but I believe he knew from the start it was a drug fight and not first degree murder but his evil tactics were to charge them with it anyway. Just a completely unethical man in my opinion.I know this first hand and I for one am not putting up with it!Just like I didn't put up with Teri I personally see no difference in him and her. I think he is a criminal of the worst kind. Using a position where he is suppose to bring justice and help to hurt people instead. He will pay the consequense as I said as will anyone who does wrong to others.

Maggie said...

It isn't fact or there would be proof not just someone Selby interviewed saying it. How it that fact by any stretch of imagination?
You can reason with the unreasonable so done!

Maggie said...

It was said in court by who? Not Teri or Cheryl.By all means show me who said it and what evidence was given I would love that very much and thank you! Nothing I love from Stone County more than real evidence and proof!!

Kathee Baird said...

Maggie....you need to find out how court works. Sit through sentencings/or plea hearings several times and you'll get a grasp of it.

A statement of facts was read into the record by Selby. At the end of the statement of facts Crider was asked if it was factual and he said it was.


k

Kathee Baird said...

Maggie....you need to find out how court works. Sit through sentencings/or plea hearings several times and you'll get a grasp of it.

A statement of facts was read into the record by Selby. At the end of the statement of facts Crider was asked if it was factual and he said it was.


k

Maggie said...

Well If Crider said it even though he prabably didn't listen or even know because Teri would barely even talk to him THEN MUST BE TRUE. He was just another pawn and wouldn't know shit about who Teri would be lovers with and neither would Janie.I know Teri wouldn't let Crider or Janie in the house except if she was using them. Just gossip because Crider wouldn't know either just crap Selby uses and as I stated before no self respecting DA would even put that in court records and he did because he is unethical and evil!Doesn't matter except to Teri's sons and they have been through enough so don't need this completely bogus crap to have to deal with and yes Kathee I do know how court works in civilised places Stone County just isn't .

Maggie said...

Btw didn't Crider take an Alford plea in that he didn't admit anything or guilt? But he came out and said Teri and Cheryl were lovers ? That makes no sense. Whatever I am tired of Stone County injustice and lies. If you want to keep printing whatever they feed you it is your karma. It is too much bs for me and I am not taking anymore crap so watch what me and it make no difference if they railroad me again because my thoughts are you may win the battle but I will always win the war. No I am not afraid of Matt Selby even though I know his unethical dirty tricks I am very strong!

Maggie said...

I don't blame you for stopping Kathee. I would too if I was you.

Maggie said...

Yes well have lost credibility in my eyes posting Crider said it so is factual. As I said alford plea and as I said he couldn't say anything was factual now could he? Not surprised you don't want to print what I say because I am brutally honest and that isn't popular now is it? Have a great night!

Maggie said...

Not surprised really that your last comment posted is bs and you don't want to post my truth. Posted your bs twice I see though. Hey don't worry about it as my lawsuits will not be affected.

Kathee Baird said...

Must of been a glitch. WTH ever, Maggie!

Maggie said...

Where is my comments about Crider pled Alford and could not have said it is actual truth that they were lovers? Alford is I don't say anything as I recall. Not true and I have a few lawsuits to file! Yes I am pissed because I am tired of lies .

Kathee Baird said...

I have tried to be sympathetic to what you're going through, but I refuse to fight with you.

You really are starting to sound a bit crazy. Just sayin'!


k

Maggie said...

Ok then I apologise!Just sick of this complete crap. Crider could not have said it was factual if he pled alford plea because he can't say anything. I know it was Janie wanglie and not true so not factual and I am sick of Matt Selby's games and so are most of Stone CO.

Maggie said...

I am starting to feel a bit crazy putting up with all these lies , injustice , pain, and the bs in Stone Co. But that doesn't mean I am wrong and you are right.

Kathee Baird said...

We keep going around in circles. Crider agreed with the facts that Selby read that were entered into the official court record.

I have no reason to lie to you!


k

Maggie said...

I know you don't Kathee but I am so sick of this insanity and injustice in Stone CO. I know it isn't you. I know you report what they say and I apologise.

Maggie said...

Ok so Crider agreed to it so is a fact I understand now ;) I am so stupid thanks for clearing it all up! And thanks for letting me vent a bit!

Anonymous said...

I am a Very close friend

Of carl... it sickens me to know the women he was sharing a bed with could let him die like that... if anyone knew Carl they would know he would have taken the shirt off his back...

Anonymous said...

No one was sharing a bed with that man why would they? If you are a close friend you should know that wasn't very likely unless he had alot more money than he did.

Anonymous said...

Jani sharin he bed for dope an onlie reeson

Anonymous said...

He was a druggie and dealer not a sweet innocent like you portray. Also a very nasty looking person so no way either of those women would share his bed. Too disgusting of a man for almost any woman except maybe Janie to mess with.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter if Terri or Cheryl was lesbians sharing the same bed. It also doesn't matter if Carl was on drugs. NOBODY has the right to take another human life. As for all these comments about whose a lesbian and who isn't really doesn't matter. And as for "Maggie" I think you need some serious help. Trisha

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