BENTON COUNTY, Mo. — A 68-year-old man has been charged in the death of a B. Shute, 23, of Cole Camp, Mo.
Randall Rollins, 68, of Lincoln, Mo., has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with Shute’s death.
Police said they received a call at 12:29 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1 regarding a shooting at Henry Acres in northeast Benton County, Mo. When police arrived they found Shute dead inside a home with a single gun shot wound to the upper center portion of his back.
During police interviews Shute’s wife, who has not been identified, told authorities she went to bed while her husband and Rollins remained awake in the home. She said she was startled when her husband swung open the bedroom door. She said he lunged on top of her and began choking her to the point where she could not breathe.
She said shortly after her husband entered the room and jumped on top of her, Rollins appeared in the doorway. She said she could not see him completely but said she heard a gunshot and then felt her husband’s body go “limp.”
She told police she gently placed her husband’s body on the bed and left the bedroom. When she entered the living room she said she saw Rollins holding a gun to his throat. She said she yelled at him and went to a neighbor’s home and called 911.
Police arrived at the home and Rollins surrendered himself without incident. During police questioning Rollins told police B. Shute had stated he was going to the bedroom to break his wife’s jaw. Rollins said he did not intentionally shoot Shute, saying that he suffers from “cringes” in his hands. Rollins told authorities he did not have a chance to say anything to Shute before the weapon fired. The gun used was an AK-47.
When authorities asked Rollins if he had ever shot anyone before, he said he had in 1968 in the military. When asked if he served overseas, Rollins replied, “I did not serve overseas and it is classified information.”
When police questioned him further about the “cringes” in his hands Rollins ended the interview by asking to speak with an attorney.
Rollins is being held on a $500,000 cash bond.