Branson murder suspect lured girl with snacks


Courtesy of the Taney County Jail

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BRANSON, Mo. (AP) – 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 being charged Sunday with first-degree murder in the death of Jasmine Miller. Taney County prosecutor Jeffrey Merrell says he doesn’t know whether Roberts has an attorney.

The probable cause statement 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.

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