Missouri man allegedly paid with meth for hit job

Missouri

EL DORADO SPRINGS, Mo.- A southwest Missouri man is accused of paying a person with meth to kill someone, that’s according to court documents obtained by OzarksFirst.

On September 17, officers were sent to 215 West Hightower for a check wellbeing call. When officers went into the home, they found 56-year-old Johnnie D. Billings dead inside.

During the investigation, officers found that a black 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycle was stolen from the property. The next day, El Dorado Springs officers recovered the motorcycle in rural El Dorado Springs with the assistance of concerned citizens.

About a month later, on October 14, investigators arrested 34-year-old Andrew Vessey, who has now been charged with second-degree murder, first-degree burglary, and armed criminal action. On October 15, officers arrested another man, 22-year-old Alexzander Masters has been charged with second-degree murder, first-degree burglary, and armed criminal action.

Court documents say Masters confessed to killing Billings by hitting him in the head with a blunt weapon. An autopsy report says Billings’ cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. Vessey paid Masters with meth and a vehicle in exchange for the death of Billings.

Both men are being held in the Cedar County Jail.

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