According to the Wednesday statements of authorities, a woman whose body was discovered at a Missouri home following she was pictured while partly clothed in a cage, in this matter two men have been accused of the murder of that woman.
Accused Charged With Abandoning of Corpse Including First-degree Murder and Kidnapping Charges
The name of the accused is James Phelps and Timothy Norton and along with the charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping charges, they are also been accused with the charges of abandoning a corpse.
The Dallas County Sheriff’s office said that as per the DNA analysis of the remains that were found at Phelps’ home recognized the victim was a 33 years old Cassidy Rainwater.
On 16th September, in a lengthy Facebook post, Dallas County Sheriff Scott Rice said that many pictures had been given to investigators by the FBI that showed her body tied to a gantry crane, which is mainly utilized for deer processing, and her “evisceration and dismemberment.”
Some of the Rainwater’s Remains Found in Adjacent Property
Authorities said some of the remains of Rainwater were found in a neighborhood property and a refrigerator with “7-24” penned on them. The sheriff said that the digital witness retrieved disclosed that both of them were planning her murder.
The woman was reported missing on 25th August by a woman who claimed she was seen last with Phelps back in July.
Before he was a suspect in the case, authorities have been told by Phelps that Rainwater had been continuing to stay with him up to the time she got on her feet but noted going to Colorado.
Reportedly, he told the officials that earlier one month before she disappeared, at the end of his driveway, she came across someone in a vehicle and left in the middle of the night.
In an interview with FBI agents, Norton stated that he went to visit Phelps whilst Rainwater was asleep. The sheriff said that he confirmed that he grabbed her legs down whilst Phelps strangled her and put a plastic bag over her head.
Authorities said that both of them took a short break before carrying the body, once she was dead. As Norton told the FBI agents, Phelps tied her to the gantry crane and started dissecting the remains.
He further stated that he also helped him in carrying her body inside and put her into a bathtub.
Fire Discovered Two Explosive Devices
On 4th October, a fire that investigators have ruled an arson destroyed Phelps’ home. Officials who were investigating the fire discovered two explosive devices that are made with mortar tubes and balloon covers with tripwires annexed close to the home.
The sheriff said that investigators have no proof to denote if any other victims are in alliance with Phelps and Norton.
Phelps is set to present in court this Friday whereas Norton will appear next Tuesday.
The accusations were expected, adding further that he will be found not guilty, Norton’s lawyer, Brenden Twibell, told the Springfield News-Leader.