Cassville woman accused of murder

Thursday, April 6, 2006

A Cassville woman has been charged with first degree murder in connection with the shooting death of her friend's husband in Adair County.

Kathy D. Mock, 52, was arrested at a Joplin mental health facility on March 30 and is now being held in Adair County Jail in Kirksville in lieu of a $1 million bond. She is accused of killing Melvin Griesbauer, 43, of Novinger.

According to reports issued by Adair County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Williams, Mock's son, Thomas Ponder, told law enforcement authorities that his mother had asked him a few days before Griesbauer was shot if he (Ponder) knew anyone who would kill someone for $10,000. Ponder also told authorities that his mother's friend, Kay Young, wanted her husband, Griesbauer, dead.

The victim was found dead at his residence around 2 a.m. on March 23. He died from a gunshot wound to his left check. The murder weapon, a .30 caliber Winchester rifle, has been recovered.

When officers arrived at the scene in response to two 911 calls, Mock and Young were both present.

A search of the crime scene also produced a black ski mask and a pair of used latex gloves. These items were found outside the residence.

According to Williams, law enforcement officers found a receipt for a mask purchased from Wal-Mart on March 22. The item was purchased using Mock's MasterCard and the receipt included her signature.

A report published in the Kirksville Daily Express revealed that the Missouri State Highway Patrol crime laboratory conducted a DNA test on the mask and found it matched Mock's DNA sample.

Mock, who owns and operates the Bark of the Town dog grooming business in Cassville, was arraigned on the murder charge on March 31 in Adair County's 2nd Judicial Circuit.

A date for Mock's preliminary hearing is scheduled to be set today (Wednesday, April 5). Mock is being represented by a public defender.

Williams said additional charges of first degree murder or conspiracy to commit murder could also be filed against other individuals. These arrests have not yet been announced.

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