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2 charged with evidence tampering in death of Galena man

January 17, 2022 GMT

GALENA, Mo. (AP) — Two people have been charged with tampering with evidence in the shooting death of a Galena man in November, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

Billy Mack Walker, 58, died from a gunshot wound in late November. The patrol said investigators believe he was killed in Stone County before his body was moved to a rural road near Greenfield in Dade County.

Gerald Keith Hoffman, 54, and Sheila Renee Phillips, 57, were charged Friday with tampering with evidence in Walker’s death.

No murder charges have been filed in the case but the highway patrol said an autopsy found that Walker’s death was a homicide.

Phillips and Hoffman are being held in the Stone County Jail without bond, the Springfield News-Leader reported.