Missouri man committed to mental facility in murder case of Caru - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

BREAKING

Missouri man committed to mental facility in murder case of Caruthersville police officer

Caruthersville police officer Evan Burns during a July interview about his eye injury Caruthersville police officer Evan Burns during a July interview about his eye injury
Highway 84 is blocked by law enforcement near the crash scene Highway 84 is blocked by law enforcement near the crash scene
Officer Burn's police cruiser Officer Burn's police cruiser
The suspect's Cadillac Escalade The suspect's Cadillac Escalade
Deonta Jamarr Williamson (SOURCE: Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department) Deonta Jamarr Williamson (SOURCE: Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department)

A Missouri man charged with first degree murder in the death of a Caruthersville police officer will spend an "indefinite period of time" in a mental institution, according to the Missouri Attorney General's Office.

According to Eric Slusher, Press Secretary for the Missouri Attorney General's Office, Deonta Williamson plead not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect in St. Charles County Circuit Court. Williamson was charged in the murder of Evan Burns, an officer with the Caruthersville Police Department.

The court accepted Williamson's plea.

Slusher said Williamson was ordered to be committed to the Missouri Department of Mental Health. The criminal case has since been sealed, according to Slusher.

Williamson had been scheduled to appear for a jury trial in January, 2015 in St. Charles County after the case was granted a change of venue from Pemiscot County.

According to the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office, Williamson ran a stolen 2002 Cadillac Escalade pickup truck into the police cruiser of Officer Burns on August 16, 2011. Burns was pronounced dead at the scene by the Pemiscot County Coroner.

Police say William ran from police when Officers Richard Altice and Burns, both with the Caruthersville Police Department, used their cruisers to block Missouri Highway 84 into the city limits.

Police say Williamson used his SUV to clip the bumper of Altice's car before crashing into Evan's unit. Williamson came to rest in a corn field where he was arrested. 

Altice was treated and released from a local hospital. Burns was killed.

Copyright 2014 KAIT. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee; suspect sought

    4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee; suspect sought

    Sunday, April 22 2018 8:34 AM EDT2018-04-22 12:34:45 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 8:05 PM EDT2018-04-23 00:05:54 GMT
    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. (Source: CNN)A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. (Source: CNN)
    Police in Tennessee say three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. (Source: CNN)Police in Tennessee say three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. (Source: CNN)

    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. 

    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. 

  • Search ongoing for suspected gunman after 4 killed in mass shooting at Waffle House

    Search ongoing for suspected gunman after 4 killed in mass shooting at Waffle House

    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:55 AM EDT2018-04-22 09:55:32 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 7:34 PM EDT2018-04-22 23:34:19 GMT
    Travis Reinking, 29, is wanted in connection with the mass shooting. (Source: Metro Police)Travis Reinking, 29, is wanted in connection with the mass shooting. (Source: Metro Police)

    Four people were killed and four others injured in a mass shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch early Sunday. The suspect is still on the run.

    Four people were killed and four others injured in a mass shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch early Sunday. The suspect is still on the run.

  • Social media lights up as basketball players stop game, kneel during funeral procession

    Social media lights up as basketball players stop game, kneel during funeral procession

    Sunday, April 22 2018 4:28 PM EDT2018-04-22 20:28:27 GMT
    Social media lights up as basketball players stop game, kneel during funeral procession (Source: Facebook)Social media lights up as basketball players stop game, kneel during funeral procession (Source: Facebook)
    Social media lights up as basketball players stop game, kneel during funeral procession (Source: Facebook)Social media lights up as basketball players stop game, kneel during funeral procession (Source: Facebook)

    A group of Franklinton basketball players is getting quite a bit of attention for taking a knee as a funeral procession passed by their pickup game Friday, April 20.

    A group of Franklinton basketball players is getting quite a bit of attention for taking a knee as a funeral procession passed by their pickup game Friday, April 20.

Powered by Frankly