and Carol Kincaid
Knox County Sheriff Mike Kite reports on October 30, 2007, two Adair County residents were arrested on Knox County, Missouri warrants in connection with the October 5 or 6, 2006, homicide of 57-year old Larry G. Callahan of Knox City, Missouri. Callahan was found dead in his mobile home in Knox City on October 6, 2006, but neighbors recall hearing loud banging sounds the evening before.
The Boone/Callaway County Medical Examiner's office reported Callahan's death was the result of multiple gunshot wounds.
Arrested was Shane Colby Roberts, age 28, of Kirksville, Missouri. Roberts has been charged with Murder in the First Degree and Armed Criminal Action. He has been incarcerated in lieu of a $250,000, cash only bond. Also arrested was Roberts' sister, Angela D. Knowles, age 27, of Greentop, Missouri. Knowles has been charged with Murder in the Second Degree. Knowles has been incarcerated in lieu of a $200,000, cash only bond.
The investigation currently remains active.
Roberts had been arrested earlier last month on unrelated burglary charges.
According to the Probable Cause statement submitted by Cpl. Steven Wilhoit the brother and sister went to the Callahan residence with the purpose of obtaining money. When Callahan refused, Roberts "produced a firearm and shot Callahan, killing him".
Cpl. Wilhoit's Probable Cause statement includes reference to an eyewitness account by Angela D. Knowles, sister of Roberts, and a statement concerning a spent shotgun shell kept by Shane Colby Roberts as a souvenir of Callahan's death.
The following agencies have assisted the Knox County Sheriff's Office with the investigation: Missouri State Water Patrol, North Missouri Drug Task Force, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Kirksville Police Department, Adair County Sheriff's Office, Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Macon County Sheriff's Office, Lewis County Sheriff's Office, Milan Police Department, Edina Police Department, Macon Police Department, Knox County Coroner, Adair County Prosecutor's Office, Shelby County Prosecutor's Office, Knox County Prosecutor's Office, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control.
These Charges are mere accusations. Roberts and Knowles are deemed innocent unless proven guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction.