|Eugene K. Crider is now charged with murder
A third person has now been charged with murder in connection to the February disappearance of a Highlandville man.
On May 7th Stone County prosecutor Matt Selby charged Eugene "Gene" K. Crider, 42, with first-degree murder. Crider was charged in March with tampering with physical evidence in connection to the disappearance of Carl Glenn Anderson.
Crider lived with Teri Dean-Morrison and Cheryl Crawford at 263 Akita Run near Hootentown. In early March investigators found blood throughout the home that lab tests determined belonged to Anderson.
|263 Akita Run
Anderson was last seen at a party at the Hootentown address, according to authorities.
According to the probable cause statement filed against Crider, "On 02-27-12 Eugene admitted to a witness that Carl Anderson was beaten to death with a hammer and that during the attack he broke the window's and door when he (Anderson) attempted to flea (sic). Eugene also admitted that he disposed of Carl Anderson's body by burning it and he asked to use her vehicle to move his remains."
In the probable cause statement's filed against Dean-Morrison and Crawford, who are also charged with first-degree murder, investigators said that home was cleaned up and some of its contents were burned, moved and/or replaced in an effort to conceal Anderson’s murder.
Stone County Detective Matt Maggard writes in the newest probable cause affidavit, "Eugene Crider was aware that evidence of Anderson being murdered was found and that evidence that he had helped dispose of the body was located. On 03-06-12 a shovel and gas can were observed in the back of his pickup. On 03-07-12 he left the residence and on 3-8 the truck was parked and left at Wal-Mart in Springfield to avoid law enforcement from finding it. Eugene later had Krystal Buras remove and hide items from his truck including the shovel."
|Krystal Nicole Buras
Last month, Krystal Nicole Buras, 30, of Spring, Texas, was arrested and charged with tampering with physical evidence when she attempted to visit Crider at the Stone County jail.
When Crider, Crawford and Dean-Morrison were arrested near Lake Ozark on March 9th their cell phones were confiscated and proved to be a valuable tool in pinpointing the areas the trio had been.
One of the places the suspects had spent a considerable amount of time at was the rural property of Earl Kearney off of Highway OO near Reeds Spring. Kearney is a former boyfriend of Dean-Morrison.
A search warrant was granted on March 19th for investigator's to search Kearney property. It was during a second search of Kearney's property on March 21st that detectives found human remains in a pond. The Missouri Highway Patrol Crime Lab determined that the remains belonged to Anderson.
Crider, Crawford and Dean-Morrison remain jailed on $1 Million dollars bond each. Crider is due back in court on May 22nd.
Crawford and Dean-Morrison are scheduled to have a dual preliminary hearing on May 25th.