Man murdered near Butterfield
Monett man killed, Pierce City man in custody
A Monett man has been killed and a Pierce City man is in custody after an incident near Butterfield on Friday night.
Dylan Rixon Williams, 21, of Pierce City, is charged in Barry County Circuit Court with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection to the death of Daylon Michael Anderson, 25, of Monett.
The Barry County Sheriff’s Office probable cause’s requested a second-degree murder charge be filed, but Barry County Prosecutor Amy Boxx opted to file the first-degree murder charge.
First-degree murder involves causing the death of another person after deliberation upon the matter and is punishable by death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Second-degree murder is knowingly causing the death of another person, or with the purpose of causing serious physical injury, causes the death of another person. It is punishable by 10-30 years in prison, or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
According to Danny Boyd, Barry County sheriff, at about 6:02 p.m. Friday authorities were alerted to a deceased person in a field in the area of Farm Road 1078 and Farm Road 2140 near Butterfield. The sheriff’s office and Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated the scene, where Anderson was found deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.
Boyd said the investigation has revealed a vehicle had left the scene, and a short time after the initial call, another call came in about a vehicle on fire on Farm Road 1090. Responders were able to put out that fire, saving the vehicle, which via the license plate was determined to be connected to Anderson.
Boyd said the case is still under investigation, and Anderson’s body has been sent for an autopsy.
According to a probable cause statement filed by Det. Doug Henry, with the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received descriptions of the suspects and developed leads on the case, which led them to Williams as the person who was believed to have shot Anderson.
Henry and Deputy Travis Hitchcock interviewed Williams at the Monett Police Department, where Williams allegedly admitted to shooting Anderson at the intersection of the farm roads over drugs and money they intended to steal.
Williams was already on probation and had an absconder warrant. Deputies and the Highway Patrol found him allegedly hiding at a home on Central Avenue in Monett, reported to be a family member’s residence according to Henry’s statement.
The firearm allegedly used to shoot Anderson, a F&N FNX .45 semiauto handgun, was found at the home, and Williams allegedly confessed to taking it from the scene and being in possession of it at the Central Avenue residence. Shell casings found at the crime scene were also .45-caliber.
The probable cause statement notes that Williams allegedly confessed to being under the influence of alcohol and Xanax at the time of the shooting.
“This is a targeted event, and there is no ongoing threat to the public,” Boyd said.
Williams is being held on a $500,000, cash-only bond. He had an initial appearance on Tuesday in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.
Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call the Barry County Sheriff’s Office at 417-847-3121.