Two suspects will face upgraded charges while three more arrests have been made in a Laddonia homicide.

 


Two suspects will face upgraded charges while three more arrests have been made in a Laddonia homicide.
“It’s a complicated case,” said Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney Jacob W. Shellabarger. “We have a continuing investigation.”
Shellabarger said he will ask a judge to amend the charges against 38-year-old Chester Clay Harvey Jr. of Laddonia and his 19-year-old son, Chad M. Harvey of Eolia, to include first-degree murder and armed criminal action.
Both were being held Wednesday without bond at the Audrain County Jail in Mexico on charges of abandonment of a corpse.
Chester Harvey also was accused of kidnapping. Shellabarger said he would seek a similar charge against Chad Harvey.
The victim was 20-year-old James William Boyd McNeely. Authorities say the Harveys knew the victim and that he was asphyxiated.
Newly charged with kidnapping in the case were 52-year-old Robert Nicholas Allen and 44-year-old Jackie Don Moss, both of Vandalia, and 45-year-old Darrill Kirtley Lynn of Farber.
On Wednesday, Allen and Moss were being held on $50,000 bond each. Lynn had been released on bond.
Allen has a Jan. 8 court appearance and Moss and Lynn will appear before a judge Jan. 27.
Shellabarger said the new charges against the Harveys could be added when they go to court Jan. 13.
According to a probable cause statement, Chester Harvey admitted that he and his son went to Lynn’s home near Farber on Dec. 17 and bound McNeely with duct tape.
They then returned to Chester Harvey’s house at 312 Young Street in Laddonia, where McNeely was laid on a mattress in the basement, according to the report.
Harvey told authorities McNeely’s hands and feet were bound with duct tape.
“Chester and Chad Harvey stated throughout the night, McNeely was kicked, struck and his life was threatened,” the statement reads.
The report says that the next night, McNeely was put in a chair and bound with duct tape and wire.
“Chester Harvey Jr. stated he suffocated McNeely with a black trash bag that he wrapped around McNeely’s face preventing McNeely from breathing,” according to the statement. “Chester Harvey Jr. stated that while he was suffocating McNeely, Chad Harvey and others in the basement held McNeely down and wrapped wire around McNeely’s throat in an attempt to strangle McNeely.”
Harvey reportedly told authorities that after McNeely was dead, he and others wrapped the body in a tarp and put it in the refrigerated trailer of Harvey’s truck.
In a separate probable cause statement, Moss said he, Lynn and Allen drove to Chester Harvey’s home on Dec. 17 and took McNeely to Lynn’s house near Farber.
“Investigation also revealed Darrill Lynn, Jackie Moss and Robert Allen were aware physical harm was to come to McNeely as a result of them holding and transferring him to Chester Harvey Jr.,” the statement read. “Investigation revealed McNeely was held against his will at the Lynn residence until Chester Harvey and Chad Michael Harvey took physical control of him” on Dec. 17.
Authorities began their investigation after the Missouri Highway Patrol got a tip on Dec. 21.
Audrain sheriff’s deputies found McNeely’s body Dec. 22 inside Chester Harvey’s refrigerated trailer along U.S. Highway 54 near a former convenience store on the east side of Vandalia.
Harvey was arrested Dec. 23 after a 20-hour standoff at his Laddonia home ended peacefully. His son was arrested later that day.
Investigators have not elaborated on the relationship between the Harveys and McNeely. Allen, Moss and Lynn were acquaintances of the Chester Harvey.