Clinton County Man Charged in Shooting Death of Son

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PLATTSBURG, Mo. -- A Plattsburg man is in jail after being charged in the shooting death of his son earlier this week.

Richard Vardy, 56, is charged with first-degree murder, assault and armed criminal action in the death of his 28-year-old son, Richard Jason Vardy, on Tuesday at a farmhouse around five miles north of town.

According to the Clinton County Sheriff's Department, Vardy aimed a revolver at his son's head during a heated argument. But before the bullet hit his son, it struck his wife, Mary Vardy, in the head.

Mary Vardy is now recovering at an area hospital.

Neighbors of the family say that they didn't know the family. FOX 4 did speak with some former neighbors of the family in Excelsior Springs, but they say that the family rarely spoke to anyone there either.

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