Pacific woman charged in fatal shooting of two men


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SULLIVAN, Mo. – Charges were issued on a 23-year-old woman after two men were fatally shot Friday morning in the 3300 block of Lollar Branch Road in Sullivan.

Marie E. Pursley, Pacific, has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree robbery, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Her bond was set at $250,000 cash-only.

Pursley and the two men who were fatally shot had planned to rob a residence for money and narcotics. She dropped them off near the location of the residence, knowing they had firearms, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Pursley then went inside the residence and started doing narcotics with the homeowner. The two men came into the home and pointed guns at the homeowner. Another occupant inside the home then grabbed his gun and ordered the two men to drop their guns.

A physical confrontation then took place where gunshots were fired. The shooting resulted in the death of the two men.

Pursley was found by police later that morning.

Deputies from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office were called to the area for a report of a shooting around 5:30 a.m. They found a 23-year-old man who had been shot. He was pronounced dead by EMS. This victim was from Gray Summit.

Police found a second 24-year-old shooting victim from St. Clair. He was driven to a nearby hospital and later pronounced deceased.

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