Wednesday, May 24, 2023 — Jimmie E. Johnson III, 42, was fatally shot in Springfield, Missouri after reportedly stealing a red bag. 

Arrested were Ronald L. Curnow, 23, and Payne R. Morse, 22.

Reports say Johnson took items belonging to Curnow while the two were at a tobacco and liquor store. After retrieving a gun, Curnow and Morse reportedly searched for Johnson with the intention of recovering stolen property leading to the fatal shooting. 

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"Curnow has been charged with first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and armed criminal action.

"Morse has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution."


• Jimmie E. Johnson III

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Ronald L. Curnow

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Payne R. Morse (suspect 2 of 2)

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[Two suspects arrested, accused of backyard homicide, By John Paul Schmidt,, May 5, 2023]



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