Two men have been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the triple shooting that took place on Wednesday, October 18, near Ellington.
David Young, 67, of Ironton, and Timothy Callahan, 44, of Potosi both face charges of murder in the deaths of James and Janet Nance.
Both men were arrested on Saturday, October 28, in Hamilton Township, Ohio. A press release from Sergeant Jeff Kinder states, “They are each charged in Reynolds County Circuit Court with two counts of murder in the first degree. Both are held without bond and extradition proceedings are underway in the state of Ohio. The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction. A press conference for interested media outlets will be held with Reynolds County authorities and announced in the near future.”
“This case was investigated by troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control, Reynolds County Sheriff’s Department, numerous local law enforcement agencies, Ohio law enforcement agencies and federal authorities. The Patrol’s Violent Crime Support Unit also provided assistance.”
Both men are currently in the Warren County Jail. They are scheduled to appear in court on Monday, October 30, in Warren County, Ohio. Callahan and
According to court documents, Callahan reportedly claimed that Young went to the Nance residence with intentions of robbing James. Armed with a 9mm handgun and a .22 caliber revolver, the murder weapen, they entered the home.
Unfortunately, James’ wife Janet and a friend arrived at the home while the robbery was taking place. All three victims were shot in the back of the head. Callahan and Young took money and fled the scene.
Witnesses reported seeing a blue vehicle leaving the scene. That vehicle was potentially Young’s 1998 Pontiac Sunfire.
Janet Nance, 72, was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital where she died later that same day. James R. Nance, 86, was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital where he remained before passing away on Saturday, October 21, due to injuries sustained from the assault.
The third victim, 73, was shot in the head twice. She was able to assist investigators and give a description of the attackers. With this information, investigators were able to track down Young and Callahan.
After tracking information about the vehicles last known residence, investigators were able to locate the suspects at motel in Deerfield Township, Ohio.
On October 28, per request of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Warren County Tactical conducted a search warrant at the Best Western Mason Inn where the two men were found.
Young was arrested on an outstanding warrant for a felony charge of financial exploitation of an elderly or disabled person. Timothy Callahan was taken as a person of interest in both the Nance murders and the assault
Officers with the Hamilton Township Police Department along with the Warren County Tactical Response Unit executed a warrant in Cozzadale, Ohio after they received a tip about the suspects. A follow-up warrant was pursued by Deerfield Township where both men were held until further action was taken.
Reynolds County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Randazzo will then take over the case. All Reynolds County authorities are determined to bring this case to an end with the justice the victims, their families, and the community deserves.
Crimes such as these are uncommon in this area and the law enforcement wants the community to know that they are safe and criminal actions such as these will not be taken lightly.