Murder charges filed against victim's nephew

Lee Ann Murphy
Community Editor

On Tuesday, detectives with the Newton County Sheriff's Office submitted paperwork to the Newton County prosecuting attorney and requested charges be filed against James Henry Bryant, 32, of Neosho in the murder of Robert Bryant, whose body was found on Saturday at 15726 Finch Drive.

James Henry Bryant is the nephew of the murder victim. He resides at the same residence as the deceased.

                The Newton County Prosecutor has charged James Bryant with First Degree Murder, Armed Criminal Action and abandonment of a corpse. No bond has been set. James Bryant is currently in custody in the Ottawa County Jail on unrelated charges. An autopsy for the victim is still scheduled for Wednesday 06-03-20.

On Saturday 05-30-20 the Newton County Sheriff’s Office responded in reference to a deceased person at 15726 Finch Drive at 1:36 p.m. on Saturday, May 30. A neighbor had located a body partially hidden beneath a pile of debris on the property. The victim was a white male, 55 years old.