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Mistie Vance mug shot

A woman from Mountain View has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action for the shotgun slaying of a man near Clear Springs last night (04-29-10.)

Texas County Sheriff Carl Watson says it appears an alleged dispute over drugs led to the death of 56 year-old Monty Dale Beltz. The Sheriff says that the preliminary investigation shows that when Beltz arrived home around 6:30 p.m. two people were hiding in a building on his property and ambushed him.

In the probable cause statement used as the basis for the charges, James Skelton, 22, told investigators that he and Mistie Dawn Vance, 32, walked to Beltz's house to retrieve her belongings and steal prescription medication from Beltz. Before leaving the shed where the two were hiding, Skelton told investigators he saw Vance put two shotgun shells in her pocket.
Sheriff Carl Watson

Skelton says as Vance was attempting to pry open the front door of Beltz's home, he [Beltz] opened the door and the two went inside and argued for about an hour. When Vance exited the trailer she was allegedly holding a 12 gauge shotgun. Skelton says Beltz followed Vance outside and ordered her off of his property. Vance began walking backward with the gun in her hands telling Beltz "to not make her do it." He say he then witnessed Vance shoot Beltz in the abdomen.

Vance then backed up Beltz's truck to where he lay got out reloaded the gun and was going to shoot Beltz again before Beltz's brother disarmed her and called 9-1-1. Beltz was airlifted to a Springfield hospital where he died from his wounds several hours later.

Early reports indicated that a woman with long blonde hair fled into the woods surrounding the crime scene after the shooting and was apprehended in a farmhouse not far from the scene of the shooting.

Watson says at the time that a 22 year-old man turned himself into authorities in Mountain View.

Vance, pleaded guilty in 2005 to resisting arrest and in 2006 she pled out to a charge of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. She received probation on each conviction.

Mistie Vance is considered a flight risk and is being held in the Texas County jail on 2 Million dollars bond.

The Howell County Sheriff's Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol are assisting in the investigation.