Ceremony to honor slain deputy

Thursday, November 20, 2008

An official ceremony that will name a section of a local highway in honor of a slain Barry County sheriff's deputy will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at the Cassville Fire Protection building located at the intersection of Highways 112 and AA south of Cassville.

The event will honor the memory of Barry County Deputy Christopher Lee Castetter who was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 27, 1996. The site of the ceremony is not far from where Castetter was shot while responding to a suspicious vehicle call 12 years ago.

A Purdy man, Cecil Clayton, was later convicted of Castetter's murder and is currently awaiting execution on Missouri's death row.

The ceremony on Nov. 25 is being hosted by Rep. David Sater, who sponsored the legislation to have a portion of Highway 112 named the Christopher Lee Castetter Memorial Highway. The Missouri Department of Transportation is also helping plan the event.

House Bill 56 designates a portion of Highway 112 from the intersection of Highway 76 south to the intersection of Highway AA in Barry County as "Deputy Christopher Lee Castetter Memorial Highway."

The ceremony is open to the public. Castetter's widow, Christine Speno, who now lives in Florida and helped plan the memorial event, plans to attend the ceremony along with other family members.

For more information, contact Lori Marble at 417-629-3300 or contact the MoDOT Customer Service Center at 888-ASK-MoDOT.

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