3:07 PM

Ricky Gene Skidmore (mug shot SCSO)

A former resident of Branson West who was due to appear in court earlier this month on domestic assault charges is facing new charges after he allegedly threatened two witnesses in that case.

Court records say when authorities arrived at 503 Riceland Drive last September Ricky Gene Skidmore told them that his wife shoved a shotgun in his face and he was afraid for his life.  Deputy Drew Heerman says the woman told him that she attempted to give the unloaded weapon to Skidmore to "euthanize unwanted animals in the area."

The woman told the law enforcer that Skidmore pushed her up against the refrigerator and held the gun across her throat.  The deputy noted that the woman had a swollen bruised eye and lip.

Skidmore, 57, who was to be appear in court on those charges on March 4th, was charged the next day with two counts of tampering with a witness for allegedly threatening his daughters.

On March 4th, Skidmore's daughter told investigators that her father threatened to put her mother "six feet under" and kill the family pet if she did not start living with him.  Another daughter says Skidmore told her there would "be consequences" if she testified against him in court.  He also threatened to cut of the girls cell phone service if she testified, according to court records.

Skidmore, who now lives in Branson, is free on bond and scheduled to be arraigned on the new charges on March 25th.