Charges added in Washburn double murder

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Assistant attorney general assisting Boxx with prosecution of Paschall

Charges against Christopher Paschall, 37, in connection to an alleged double murder in Washburn, have been updated, as Darrell Moore, state assistant attorney general, is now assisting Barry County Prosecutor Amy Boxx in bringing Paschall to justice.

Paschall is still jailed in Washington County, Ark., awaiting a Monday appearance on four charges, and his three original charges in Missouri have now been extended to six.

Paschall is now facing two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action and one count of parental kidnapping. His previous charges included one count of first-degree murder, one count of armed criminal action and one count of first-degree assault.

The charges stem from the shootings of Casey Brace, 29, and her grandfather, Herbert Townsend, 67, along with the alleged kidnapping of Brace's daughter, 2-year-old Alli Paschall, at a home near Farm Road 1055 and 8th Street in Washburn. Paschall allegedly took the 2-year-old and fled to his mother's home in Springdale, Ark. About four hours after the shooting, and with help from a ping from Paschall's cell phone, the Springdale Police Department's SWAT Team arrested Paschall and the girl was found unharmed.

An autopsy report revealed Brace was shot three times, and Townsend was shot five times, all with a handgun. Townsend, holding a rifle in his hands and still alive after the shooting, called 911 and reported to deputies that Paschall was the shooter. He died at Cox South Hospital in Springfield as a result of his injuries.

Upon his arrest in Arkansas, Springdale police found a glass pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine and 19 firearms, two of which police say were stolen from Washington and Madison counties in Arkansas. Paschall was then charged in Washington County with possession of a firearm by certain persons, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft by receiving and violating the terms of a prior bond. He pleaded not guilty to those charges on Feb. 7.

A requested mental examination on Paschall was no yet completed in July, leading Washington County Circuit Judge Mark Lindsay to continue Paschall's case to Monday.

Moore began working with at attorney General Chris Koster's office on Aug. 17, officially reviewing the case on that same day. He entered his first appearance on the case on Aug. 18.

According to Nanci Gonder, press secretary for the Koster's office, pursuant to Section 27.030 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, Moore is working with and providing assistance to Boxx.

"Ms. Boxx requested Governor Nixon and the court to appoint the Attorney General's Office to assist her," she said. "The governor directed us to provide assistance, and the court issued an order allowing us to assist her on June 10. Ms. Boxx is the lead prosecutor. We provide assistance as requested."

Gonder said an updated probable cause statement allowed the new charges to be filed.

"When Darrell received the case, he reviewed it and asked for additional information," she said. "He then had an updated [probable cause] statement prepared by the [Missouri State Highway Patrol] investigator in order for him to file the amended complaint."

Gonder said the preliminary hearing will be held in Barry county, and if the case is bound over for trial, it may move to another county, as Paschall has the right to request a change of venue.

Gonder said she is unsure when Paschall may be extradited to Missouri.

"The defendant is awaiting disposition of charges in Arkansas," she said.

"Once those charges are resolved, he will be returned to Barry County on this case."

Paschall is still being held in Washington County, Ark., on a $100,000 bond. He is no stranger to the Barry County court system, or to deputies who work in the area.

Mick Epperly, Barry county sheriff, said Paschall was an immediate suspect for the alleged murder because of the Barry County Sheriff Office's recent dealings with him.

Epperly said for six months prior to Jan. 5, the day of the murder, deputies had dealt with Paschall for property damage and stalking.

An order of protection against Paschall was granted on Oct. 20, 2014, meaning Paschall was to stay 300 or more feet away from Brace, and was not permitted not communicate with her or enter her home.

According to court records, Paschall allegedly violated the order of protection on Nov. 24, 2014, and again on Dec. 15, 2014, facing class A misdemeanors for both incidents.

Epperly said the alleged homicide is the first in Barry County since August 2011, when Jimmy Nelson plead guilty in 2013 to the murder of his girlfriend, Vicki Clark.

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