Couple charged for attempted murder

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
About 300 grams of methamphetamine, multiple weapons and about $3,500 in cash was seized from Dale Silva, 36, of Cassville, following an alleged shooting near Exeter on March 14. Contributed photo

Man allegedly shot at another; 300 grams of meth discovered

Two people have been arrested and charged following an alleged shooting and the discovery of 300 grams, or 2/3 of a pound, of methamphetamine, as well as two firearms and $3,500 cash.

Dale Silva, 36, of Cassville, is charged with first-degree assault (attempted murder), trafficking drugs, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. His fiancé, Britney Brown, 28, of Cassville, is charged with unlawful use of a weapon.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Justin D. Ruark, deputy with the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, the incident took place at two locations on March 17 at about 4:40 p.m., the first on Highway MM near Maplewood Cemetery.

Silva allegedly attempted to kill the victim after the victim drove his truck past Silva, who purposely stopped in the middle of the highway, and Silva allegedly used a Springfield XD9 9mm handgun, which is allegedly stolen, to fire a bullet at the victim, hitting the truck as it passed. The shot struck the passenger door of the vehicle just above the window, causing damage to the door and the passenger window to shatter.

Silva was driving a 2008 Audi A4, and deputies located him in the vehicle at the second location on Rocky Road Drive in Exeter. Silva allegedly gave permission to search the vehicle, saying deputies would not find anything.

Located inside was a draw string bag containing two other firearms, a Walther P22 .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol, which contained 11 rounds, and, in a lock box, a Davis Industries .380-caliber, which was empty.

Silva was also seen allegedly carrying a blue container that had 300 grams of methamphetamine, as well as $3,500 cash in various bills.

Ruark said Silva is considered a flight risk because he has fled from police in the past and was believed to be under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of his arrest.

He is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $200,000. He had been arraigned, and a bond hearing is scheduled for today (Wednesday) at 9 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

Brown is charged with unlawful use of a weapon. Ruark’s probable cause statement in her case identified her as an accomplice in the incident, as she was a passenger in Silva’s vehicle when the alleged shooting occurred and arrived with Silva at the Rocky Road Drive address.

Brown allegedly said the two firearms located in their vehicle, which were located with the meth and cash, belonged to her.

Ruark said due to Brown having her own firearms in the vehicle when the assault occurred, it is believed the victim would be safer if she was incarcerated.

Brown is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $20,000. She has also been arraigned and has a bond hearing at the same time and location as Silva.

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