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One Dead in Shooting; Greenville Man Arrested

Joshua Lawrence Oldham of Greenville has been arrested in the death of Luke Helm, 38, of Greenville.

One person is dead after a shooting near Greenville on Saturday, Nov. 4. A Greenville man is in custody.

According to the Wayne County Sheriff Dean Finch, officials arrested one suspect around 8:15 p.m. near the Wayne and Carter county line.

Sheriff Finch said his office received a call at 6:30 p.m. that a shooting had occurred at a location on E Highway in Burbank community. When authorities arrived, they found a subject on the ground. Marshall Lucas “Luke”Helm , 38, of Greenville had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The altercation and shooting was witnessed by at least two people. Witnesses reported that the shooting occurred after an altercation. Joshua Lawrence Oldham, 36, was identified as the suspect. He was arrested around 8:15 by the Elsinore Marshal at the Wayne and Carter County line. Oldham has prior criminal history and has spent time in prison, Finch said.

He is currently being held in the Wayne County Jail. Charges are expected to be issued this afternoon. Finch said his department is seeking second-degree murder, armed criminal action, and unlawful possession of a firearm charges.

An autopsy is scheduled for 9:30 Monday morning to determine Helm’s cause of death.

Oldham told authorities that he tossed the murder weapon out his truck window on P Highway, between Burbank and McGee. Finch is organizing a group to go out this afternoon and look for the weapon.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control had assisted in the investigation.


  1. anonymous on November 6, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    joshua said something very rude to luke as he walked out the door, and luke followed him out side he had it planned. no luke didnt bully him. joshua was on drugs. you should know what your talking about.

  2. Mary Kay on October 24, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Josh Oldham was very abusive to his wife, as well as his children! And yes i seen this with my own two eyes, i even reported him to Carter County police and DFS but noone done anything! Oldham just had a “look in his eye” that he could and would EXPLODE at any given time….at all times!
    Now with that being said….i also heard that Luke Helm was a bully and had beaten Oldham up several times! (As well as many others, for petty issues)
    So my thought is……Did Oldham finally SNAP or was this a case of Tired of Bullying so took matters into his own hands??
    Either way…..killing someone is not justified, even if you’re being bullied!! And on the other hand…..the Bullier has to know that eventually someone is gonna STOP them, one way or another!!

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