Prosecutors charge husband with second-degree murder


Ervin D. Carroll

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LIBERTY, Mo. -- After a shooting in Liberty turned deadly, prosecutors have charged the victim's husband in the fatal attack. Ervin D. Carroll has been charged with second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon, second-degree assault and armed criminal action. All charges are felonies and were handed down after Carroll's wife, Linda, died at the hospital on Wednesday after being shot on Tuesday night.

FOX 4 News reported live from the scene at 301 Darrell Court on Tuesday night after Carroll had been shot. A neighbor reportedly heard a loud boom and saw someone leaving the premises. That individual was Linda Carroll's friend, Darla Mondragon, who had been with her earlier in the evening and had also been shot in the foot.

According to a probable cause statement, Mondragon had contacted police about the incident and alerted police that Linda was still in the apartment. Upon arrival officers found Ervin Carroll straddling his wife as she lay motionless on the floor surrounded by blood.

She was transported to a hospital on Tuesday night still alive but she died on Wednesday. When officers investigated the home they found a single shotgun shell to the right of Linda Carroll and found a wooden stock shotgun.

Carroll described that he and his wife were having domestic issues and that he had set out her things so she would leave the home. Mondragon told officers that Linda had asked her to come upstairs after the two had been at a business function and when they got there, many of her personal belongings were on the floor.

Mondragon then said that Linda apologized for Ervin's actions and claimed that upset Ervin, who in turn came 'storming' down the hallway with the shotgun. She claimed that Linda attempted to point the muzzle away but that the gun had gone off and she had been struck in the foot by gunfire.

She left the apartment, fearing that more gunfire would ensue, but saw that Linda had been hit as well when she contacted authorities. Ervin told police that the gun had accidentally gone off and that he had never pointed it at either of the women.

He also said that immediately after Linda was hit he had attempted to make a tourniquet and dialed 9-1-1.  He also claimed that he had not pulled the hammer back on the shotgun. An officer tested the firearm and determined that the weapon would not fire unless the hammer was pulled back.

Carroll remains in police custody and his bond has been set at $500,000.



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