Felony murder charge for woman connected to death of Clinton police officer

March 15, 2018 - 1:21 pm

Clinton, MO - Second degree murder charges have been filed in Henry County against Tammy Widger for her alleged role in the death of Clinton police officer Christopher Ryan Morton.

Henry County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Shields charged Widger with murder in the second degree under a felony murder rule.

The court set a new bond for Widger at $100,000 cash only. She had been in jail following the shooting on drug charges.

Morton was killed earlier this month when he and two other officers responded to what they believed to be a domestic dispute with women screaming in the background. 

At the home, a woman, later identified as Widger, met them at the door, telling them everything was fine inside. However, the officers were forced to make entry to that residence. They were met with gunfire by James Waters, who later was found dead in the house.

Officer Morton was killed, and two others were wounded.

Later, police say they found drugs in the house and Widger was charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intention to distribute, and keeping a public nuisance.

Authorities later determined those Clinton officers had been dispatched to the wrong home. The disturbance was actually 15 miles away in Windsor, Mo.

The investigation continues into why the officers were sent to the wrong home.

At the time of that shooting, Waters was wanted for questioning in an open rape case, however, no charges had been filed. He was also out on bond on a weapons charge.



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