Seligman man turns himself in

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sharp facing murder charge stemming from fatal accident

A Seligman man turned himself in to the Barry County Sheriff's Department and is facing a charge of second-degree murder after a vehicle he was driving on Hwy. 90 on Aug. 3 crashed, resulting in the death of a passenger.

Brian Sharp, 32, of Seligman, has been charged with second-degree murder, leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident and driving with a revoked or suspended license, second or subsequent offense. He is being held in the Barry County jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

Johnnie Cox, Barry County prosecuting attorney, said the murder charge was filed because the death occurred in the act of committing a felony, as Sharp was allegedly driving with a revoked or suspended license and has multiple similar prior offenses.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol Report, Sharp was driving a 1979 Chevrolet Corvette on Hwy. 90, two miles west of Washburn, when the vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned.

The passenger in the vehicle, Kenneth Patterson, 48, of Seligman, was pronounced dead at the scene by Barry County Deputy Coroner Charles McManus.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Cpl. Kenneth Sanders, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Sharp was not with the vehicle when law enforcement arrived at the wreck.

The statement alleges there were cold beer cans scattered around the Corvette, and a witness informed Sanders a man fled the vehicle and ran into the woods. Upon checking the registration of the vehicle, Sanders found it belonged to June Sharp, of Seligman. She told Sanders she did not know where her son, Brian Sharp, was at the time, saying she had not seen him for two days.

June Sharp provided Sanders with Brian Sharp's cell phone number, but Sanders had recovered the phone at the scene.

The vehicular death marks the 59th fatality of the year for Troop D of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which covers 18 southwest Missouri counties, including Barry County.

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