Cassville man with shotgun arrested for stalking
47-year-old points firearm at deputy, had drugs in car
A Cassville man was arrested and charged with three felonies and four misdemeanors after allegedly stalking a person, threatening to kill himself with a shotgun in that person's presence, and assaulting a Barry County deputy.
Billy Mulford, 47, of Cassville, is charged with aggravated stalking, assault of a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and four other misdemeanors, including violation of an order of protection, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and third-degree domestic assault.
According to a probable cause statement filed by Kerry Headrick, a deputy with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to a home on Farm Road 2180, where Mulford had allegedly violated the order of protection, arming himself with a shotgun and .22-caliber rifle and threatening to kill himself at the home in the presence of the victim.
Headrick said while the victim was hiding in the woods, Mulford entered the home with the shotgun. When Headrick and another deputy entered the home, Mulford was laying on the couch less than two feet away with the shotgun pointed in his direction.
"Mulford refused to disarm, and when i attempted to get the shotgun away, he grabbed for it and I feared at that point for my life and the life of the other deputy," Headrick said in the statement. "On the second attempt, I was able to disarm him."
Headrick said before arriving at the home, Mulford had been sending the victim death threats via text messages for the past month.
A further search of Mulford's vehicle allegedly turned up four sandwich bags of marijuana, a box of marijuana roaches and a marijuana smoking pipe.
Mulford is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $30,000. He has been arraigned, and a bond reduction hearing is slated for Friday at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.