Victim, Suspect Identified In Cole County Murder

The Cole County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim and suspect in a fatal shooting that happened just before 4:00 this morning in the 4500 block of Route E.

Sheriff John Wheeler says deputies were dispatched and found 63 year old Clifton Withers dead at the scene. His wife, who made the 911 call reporting that she and Withers had been shot has been released from the hospital.

Twenty one year old Austin Corrigan was arrested after a pursuit in Holts Summit. He has been formally charged by the Cole County Prosecutor for second degree murder, first degree assault and armed criminal action.

He is being held without bond.

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