Court records: Man lured homicide victim with snacks

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BRANSON, Mo.–Court records say a 55-year-old man lured a 6-year-old girl to his southwest Missouri motel room with snacks and strangled her.

John P. Roberts of Branson was jailed without bond Monday in Taney County after he was charged Sunday with first-degree murder in the death of Jasmine Miller. Taney County prosecutor Jeffrey Merrell said he didn’t know whether Roberts had an attorney.

The probable cause statement, which was released Monday, says the girl’s body was found Saturday under the bed in the Windsor Inn room where Roberts was staying alone. Police said in a news release that the discovery was made while officers were investigating a lost child report. Merrell says the girl and her family also were living at the extended-stay motel.

Police say it appears Roberts acted alone.