Murder suspect extradited to BarCo

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Paschall accused of killing girlfriend, her grandfather in Washburn

A Rogers, Ark., man has been extradited to Barry County more than a year after he allegedly shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and her grandfather in Washburn.


Christopher Paschall, 38, saw his mother, Mary Paschall, post bonds cash bonds of $100,000 and $2,500 on Wednesday in Arkansas. Paschall was then transported to the Barry County Jail and booked at 4:30 p.m.

Paschall faces six felony charges, including two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action and one count of parental kidnapping.

Darrell Moore, state assistant attorney general, amended the charges in November 2015. Paschall was originally facing three charges: first-degree murder, armed criminal action and first-degree assault.

"Charges were amended, as Mr. Townsend passed away after the original complaint was filed," said Amy Boxx, Barry County prosecutor.

Paschall's bond has also been amended. His bond was originally set at $1 million, but per a hearing Thursday morning, Boxx said an order has been made for Paschall to be held on no bond.

The updated charges stem from the alleged 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 Eighth Street in Washburn. Paschall allegedly took the child and fled to his mother's home in Springdale, Ark. About four hours after the shooting, the Springdale Police Department's SWAT Team arrested Paschall and the girl was found unharmed. A ping from Paschall's cell phone led to his location.

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, 2015.

Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff, said Lt. Gary Allen and Deputy Gary Snook went to Arkansas to transport Paschall to Barry County on Wednesday.

"He was put in the holding cell last night and is not in the general population right now," he said. "We have some of the general population going to the Department of Corrections Friday, and after they are gone, [Paschall] will be moved to the older part of the jail, which is more fit for holding one person."

Moore began working with Attorney General Chris Koster's office on Aug. 17, 2015, officially reviewing the case on that same day. He entered his first appearance on the case on the following day. According to Nanci Gonder, press secretary for Koster's office, Moore is working with and providing assistance to Boxx, pursuant to Section 27.030 of the Missouri Revised Statutes. She said Gov. Jay Nixon has directed Koster's office to provide assistance, and Boxx remains the lead prosecutor in the case.

Gonder also said that 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.

Paschall is no stranger to the Barry County court system, or to deputies who work in the area.

Epperly said Paschall was an immediate suspect for the alleged murder because of the Barry County Sheriff's Office's previous encounters with him.

Epperly said deputies dealt with Paschall for property damage and stalking six months before the day of the murder, Jan. 5, 2015.

A protection order against Paschall was granted on Oct. 20, 2014, meaning Paschall was required to stay 300 or more feet away from Brace. He 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 pleaded guilty in 2013 to the murder of his girlfriend, Vicki Clark.

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