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Man facing murder charges in connection to Cape Girardeau man's death

Melvin Scherrer (Source: St. Francois County SO) Melvin Scherrer (Source: St. Francois County SO)
The site where Francis' remains were found in St. Francois County (Source: KMOV-TV). The site where Francis' remains were found in St. Francois County (Source: KMOV-TV).
Samuel 'Tick' Francis' remains were found near Bonne Terre, Mo. Samuel 'Tick' Francis' remains were found near Bonne Terre, Mo.
ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Prosecutors have filed murder charges against a Bonne Terre man in connection to the death of a Cape Girardeau man.

According to the St. Francois County Sheriff's Office, 49-year-old Melvin John Scherrer was charged with first degree murder, armed criminal action, felonious restraint, abandonment of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution.

Prosecutors accuse Scherrer of hitting Samuel Francis with a baseball bat and smothering him on December 18, 2012.

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol's probable cause statement, Francis called his father on Dec. 15 saying he was scared and Scherrer wanted to meet with him. According to court documents, Francis told his father if he ended up dead, Scherrer was responsible.

Investigators say witnesses and electronic evidence show Francis was at Scherrer's home on Dec. 18, the last day Francis' wife had spoken with him.

Scherrer

was interviewed on January 14 and told investigators that he didn't know Francis but met him seven years ago. He also reportedly told police Francis had never been in his home, according to the probable cause statement.

On January 29, police searched Scherrer's home and found blood evidence.

Lab results showed a blood sample contained the DNA of Francis.

According to court documents, the witnesses told investigators that Scherrer had hit Francis with a baseball bat, taped his hands behind his back and wrapped his head with tape. 

Scherrer is accused of removing Francis from the home while he was alive, according to the probable cause statement.

Francis' remains were found in a septic tank in St. Francois County on July 25.

Investigators say evidence is consistent with the witnesses information.

Melvin Scherrer is being held behind bars without bond.

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