Butler County Times Gazette
  • Man charged in Derby death, attack on victim's son

  • A man suspected of killing a Derby woman and stabbing her son earlier this week is charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.
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  • A man suspected of killing a Derby woman and stabbing her son earlier this week is charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.
    Forty-year-old Charles Alfred Beck Jr. was charged Thursday in the death Sunday of 44-year-old Lonnie Staggs and attempting to strangle and then stabbing her 15-year-old son. The woman's 11-year-old daughter was also in the home but was not injured.
    Beck was arrested Sunday night in Texas County, Mo., after he turned himself in.
    During a hearing Thursday, Beck requested a court-appointed attorney. His preliminary hearing was scheduled for Sept. 19.
    Beck was released Aug. 28 from parole for convictions on drug possession and violating a protection order.
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