CARTHAGE, Mo. – A 62-year-old Carthage man has been found guilty of fatally shooting his neighbor. Ricky Marchbanks was convicted Wednesday of killing 38-year-old Jeremy Neeper in 2016.
Marchbanks claimed the shooting was self-defense because Neeper was pointing a gun at him. But prosecutors said during the trial that no gun was found at the scene and Marchbanks fled the area.
They also said Marchbanks left a phone message before the shooting saying he was going to kill Neeper because Neeper had tipped over Marchbanks’ lawnmower. First-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence in Missouri of life without parole.