Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bolivar, MO: Flemington woman charged with murder

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 12:06 AM CDT
A Flemington woman has been arrested and charged with class A felony murder in the second degree and felony armed criminal action after allegedly shooting a man in the chest and killing him.

According to the court file, Tracy L. Steele, 47, is accused of shooting and killing David Ilo at Rt. PP near Flemington on Thursday, March 25.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to that location at 1:20 p.m. Thursday, according to a probable cause statement filed by Detective Billy Simpson. Patrol Supervisor Bobby McAntire arrived at the scene at 1:50 p.m. and spoke with Steele, who had reported that Ilo shot himself in the living room of the residence.

“McAntire advised that one of the first things Tracy Steele told him was that she did not kill David Ilo,” the statement said. “McAntire advised that Tracy Steele told him that David Ilo and herself had been arguing over money problems and that David Ilo had made the statement that he was going to kill himself.”

Steele reportedly told McAntire that she heard a gunshot coming from the bedroom while she was in the living room. She said she then went into the bedroom and found Ilo lying on the bed.

Simpson said in his statement that when he arrived at the scene at 2:08 p.m., Steele was sitting in the living room and he observed blood on both of her hands.

“I continued to the bedroom, located on the south end of the residence,” the statement said. “I observed a deceased, white male lying on the floor in the bedroom. The white male was later identified as David Ilo.”

McAntire showed Simpson a shell casing he had found on the living room floor, according to the statement. It appeared to be of the same caliber as the handgun reportedly found on the bed in the bedroom.

Simpson and Dan Nash, an investigator with the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control, interviewed Steele at the sheriff’s office and Steele said again she was in the living room at the time Ilo allegedly shot himself.

“Tracy Steele continued to change her statements of what had occurred,” the statement said. “Tracy Steele later advised that she was in the bedroom when David Ilo shot himself. Tracy Steele then changed her story to being assaulted by David Ilo in the bedroom.”

Steele allegedly told the officers that Ilo was in possession of a handgun and a struggle ensued over it, according to the statement. She also said her hands were on the gun when it fired and Ilo was struck and killed.

“I was not able to observe any signs of injuries that supported the assault described by Tracy Steele,” the statement said.

Detective Kari Hargus with the sheriff’s office asked Steele the next day to show her any injuries Ilo caused during the alleged assault.

“I do not feel like the markings on Tracy Steele supported the assault that had allegedly occurred prior to David Ilo’s death,” the statement said.

Forensic pathologist Keith Norton, M.D., conducted an autopsy Friday and determined cause of death to be from a gunshot wound to Ilo’s chest, striking his heart.

Steele is currently held on $250,000 bond. No court date has been set yet.

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