Court documents reveal more details about shooting
A Missouri University of Science and Technology student accused of fatally shooting her fiancé at a Rolla residence this past weekend pleaded not guilty Tuesday, according to online court records.
Meghan C. Werner, 22, has been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Curt L. Marzolf, 22.
An autopsy of Marzolf’s body took place Monday at the University of Missouri in Columbia, according to Phelps County Coroner Larry Swinfard.
Werner was arrested Saturday and placed in the Phelps County Jail in lieu of a $1 million bond.
According to a probable cause statement, Werner was “walking and staggering” near 12th and Pine streets in downtown Rolla at about 5:45 a.m. Saturday when Sgt. Ken Moberly, with the Rolla Police Department, spotted her and stopped to check on Werner.
“He (Moberly) asked her if she was OK and she told him that she wasn’t,” court records state.
The probable cause statement goes on to note that Werner told Moberly that her fiancé had committed suicide about 30 minutes prior.
When asked why she was walking around town, Werner told Moberly that she was “trying to find a phone in order to call the police.”
After being told that Werner’s fiancé was at a residence in the 900 block of Arkansas Avenue, Rolla police officers responded to the scene.
Police say Marzolf was found “deceased on the floor inside a bedroom” and that he had “a contact type gunshot wound to his upper torso.” Police say “an assault style rifle was found lying on the bed in the bedroom.”
Court documents state that an apparent physical altercation occurred inside the residence, “as there was food scattered all over the floor, (and) a severely damaged laptop computer was found on the living room floor....” Police also discovered a “severely damaged and broken” bedroom door near where Marzolf was found.
While police were told by Werner that the shooting was a suicide, “the assault rifle that is believed to have been used in this incident was determined to have been moved after the shooting incident” because “a spent rifle shell casing was found on the floor in the living room of the residence and the rifle from which the bullet was fired ... was found on the bed in the bedroom,” according to the probable cause statement.
Police attempted to interview Werner at the police department but she refused to answer questions until she could speak with an attorney.
Court records state that she is being represented by the Rolla public defender’s office.
Court documents state that Detective Sgt. Hank Harper obtained a search warrant from the Phelps County Circuit Court in order to collect a DNA standard and a blood specimen from Werner.
Harper stated in the probable cause statement that while executing the search warrant, he noticed “a large amount of dried, smeared blood on her (Werner’s) lower left leg, which is believed to belong to the victim in this matter.”
Both Werner and Marzolf were students at Missouri S&T and while they lived in Rolla, Werner’s home town is listed as Fenton and Marzolf’s home town is listed as Monroe, Wisconsin.
Police say the couple were involved in a romantic relationship for about three years and were both living at the residence on Arkansas Avenue.
A LinkedIn page for Marzolf stated that he was scheduled to graduate from Missouri S&T Saturday with a bachelor of science in mining engineering.
Werner is listed as a senior majoring in petroleum engineering, according to Missouri S&T.
Marzolf and Werner also were members of the Missouri S&T Trap & Skeet organization, according to their respective LinkedIn pages.