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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Attorney says accused killer's rights violated

  • Attorneys for an Iberia man charged with first degree murder of a 13-year-old unsuccessfully filed a Protective Order Motion in the Miller County Circuit Court. Steven Henderson's motion was denied by Judge Kenneth Oswald.
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  • Attorneys for an Iberia man charged with first degree murder of a 13-year-old unsuccessfully filed a Protective Order Motion in the Miller County Circuit Court. Steven Henderson's motion was denied by Judge Kenneth Oswald.
    Henderson, 30, was arrested on June 22 and later charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action by the Miller County Prosecuting Attorney in the death of Macala Shelton. He was held on $500,000 in the Miller County jail.
    Henderson, who is Shelton's stepfather's brother, is represented by public defender Keith Halcomb.
    According to motion documents signed by Halcomb on July 15, he entered the Miller County jail on June 25 to see his client at approximately 2:15 p.m. and was informed that Henderson was being "interrogated by law enforcement." Halcomb then asked to be taken to Henderson and for the interview with Missouri State Highway Patrol Officer Ziska to end immediately. Documents also stated that Halcomb attempted to locate Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott but Abbott refused to talk to him and "threatened to have him [Halcomb] forcibly removed from the jail if he didn't leave immediately."
    Due to the circumstances outlined in the documents, Halcomb alleges that "Sheriff Abbott and Officer Ziska have flagrantly violated Defendant's Constitutional Rights, and notice from counsel is clearly insufficient to protect Defendant's Constitutional Rights, and order is necessary to direct Sheriff Abbott, Officer Ziska, and law enforcement in general, to cease any further violations of Defendant's rights."
    Oswald denied the motion but added that "all law enforcement agencies ordered to not interrogate defendant without counsel present."
    Henderson's next case review is scheduled for Sept. 16.
    In the nearly four weeks since Shelton's death, the autopsy report has yet to be released.
    An autopsy was done immediately after the body was found and identified. Abbott told the Lake Sun about two weeks ago that the autopsy was complete but he had yet to receive a report. He also said the body was sent for additional tests at the Missouri Highway Patrol Crime lab.
    Additional calls have been made to Abbott since and have gone unanswered.
    Officers found Shelton's body Sunday, June 23, in a wooded area outside of Iberia in southeastern Miller County. Shelton was the subject of a Missouri State Highway Patrol endangered person advisory issued Saturday, June 22.
    According to the advisory, a security camera on the home was discovered disconnected from within the home at the scene. Authorities declined to discuss the surveillance camera in a press conference on Monday, June 24.
    The Missouri State Highway Patrol retracted the endangered person advisory early Sunday morning. The advisory retraction stated the "Missing juvenile has been located." Late Sunday afternoon, authorities confirmed the child's death.
    A probable cause statement filed in the case states that when officers took Henderson in for questioning, "a statement was made where he detailed how he stabbed [Shelton] with a large survival knife." Henderson then allegedly detailed where he disposed of the murder weapon.
    Page 2 of 2 - Officers obtained a search warrant for 102 St. Louis Street in Iberia and located the weapon at the residence. He appeared in person at an arraignment, where he requested representation by a public defender.
     
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