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Two Charged In Triple Shooting

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.

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