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Springfield man charged in death of 19-year-old woman

January 3, 2020 GMT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man was charged Friday with killing a 19-year-old woman whose body was found more than a week after she went missing.

Lonnie Leroy Williams, 32, of Springfield, faces one count of first-degree murder in the death of Mackenna Milhon. Williams’ girlfriend, 23-year-old Olivia Vega, was charged with tampering with evidence. It wasn’t immediately known if they had attorneys who could speak on their behalf.

Milhon’s body was found Monday afternoon outside a home north of Springfield. She had been reported missing Dec. 20.

According to a probable cause statement released Friday, Williams told investigators he stabbed Milhon once in the neck after she slapped him inside a car because he didn’t have drugs for her. He said they both got out of the car and he stabbed her three or four more times after she continued to slap him. She stumbled between two buildings and fell and Williams held her until she died, according to the statement.

Vega allegedly burned Williams’s bloody clothes, the statement said.

Milhon was the first baby of the millennium at Cox South in Springfield when she was born at 1:08 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2000.

The Greene County prosecutor’s office said in a news release that it was premature to announce whether it would seek the death penalty in the case against Williams.