An Arkansas man accused of killing one man and wounding another last September is slated to be back in court in mid-May.


An Arkansas man accused of killing one man and wounding another last September is slated to be back in court in mid-May.

Brian John Clapper, 31, will appear before Presiding Judge Timothy Perigo on May 15 for a pre-trial conference. Clapper is accused of second-degree murder, first-degree assault resulting in serious physical injury and two counts of armed criminal action in the shooting death of John Bevill, 34, of Washburn and the wounding of Kendrick Long, 22, of Rogers, Ark.

Deputies responded to a report of a shooting at 445 Cecil Epling Way in Washburn on Sept. 23. Upon arrival, deputies found Bevill, 34, of that address dead of an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. A second man, Long, 22, was found at a nearby residence with a gunshot wound to the arm. Long was airlifted to a Joplin hospital.

After an initial investigation, deputies and troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol went to a location on Missouri Highway 90 in McDonald County near the intersection of Route E and took Clapper into custody without incident.

In mid-February, Clapper was accused of making a weapon while incarcerated in the McDonald County Jail. McDonald County Sheriff Robert Evenson said Clapper made a braided rope out of strips of T-shirt. The rope, the sheriff said, could have been used as a garrote.

A pre-trial conference has been set for March 26 with McDonald County Associate Circuit Court Judge John LePage presiding.

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A Goodman man accused of shooting his brother-in-law to death in that man’s rural Neosho home in late 2010 will go to trial in mid-March.

Terry Smith, 37, will be in court for a two-day trial beginning March 13. Judge Tim Perigo will preside.

Smith is accused of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of Steven
Todd Gunn, 44, of rural Neosho. On Dec. 12, 2010, Newton County deputies were sent to 12331 Sorrel Road in reference to a shooting. Upon arriving, they discovered Gunn dead ith a single gunshot wound to the head. Gunn’s wife told authorities that her brother had come to the house and shot her husband to death.

Smith was later arrested at a Goodman residence by deputies with the McDonald County Sheriff’s Department.

A previous jury trial date was struck by party agreement in November.