A Rolla man faces a murder charge in connection to the Aug. 29 death of a Rolla woman, according to documents filed Thursday in circuit court.
Shane M. Yeggy, 35, is charged with one felony count of first-degree murder. He is currently incarcerated in the Phelps County Jail with no bond issued.
Officers with the Rolla Police Department responded at 11:10 p.m. Aug. 28 to a report of a woman found injured in the 400 block of Greentree Road, according to the case’s probable cause statement.
The probable cause statement says the reporting party was passing by when Yeggy waived them down and claimed Amanda Gann, 36, had been struck by a vehicle. Gann was subsequently taken to Phelps Health for treatment and then airlifted to University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia for intensive care. She was later declared deceased at 9:54 p.m. Aug. 29. An autopsy determined Gann’s cause of death was manual strangulation and blunt force trauma to her head, neck and chest.
The probable cause statement says Yeggy told investigators in an interview after Gann was found Aug. 28 that the two were romantic partners and lived together in a residence in the 400 block of Greentree Road. Yeggy claimed he was in the home’s kitchen Aug. 28 when he heard a loud boom, and upon investigating, found Gann injured outside. Yeggy is quoted as saying he was unable to locate his phone to call for help and flagged down a passerby to alert 911.
The probable cause statement says investigators noted that during his Aug. 28 interview Yeggy had fresh scrapes to his hands that did not have scabs. During an interview the following day, the statement says Yeggy’s scrapes had scabbed over and bruising was evident. The statement alleges the injuries Yeggy displayed were consistent with individuals who had been involved in physical altercations during which they’d struck other people with their fists.
The probable cause statement says a large amount of blood was found in the grass of the front yard and a blood pattern across the driveway’s concrete was consistent with something being dragged from the grass onto the driveway.
The above information is a mere accusation, and is not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of any charge must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.