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Two Killed at Noble; One In Custody In Ozark County

GAINESVILLE, Mo. — A father and his son were shot dead at a rural home near Noble on Tuesday night.  A 52-year-old man is charged with shooting them with a semi-automatic rifle while they had their hands in the air and begged not to be shot.

Leland Maupin is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action for the deaths of Mike Hadley, 56, and David Hadley, 22.   Maupin was arrested at the scene and is held without bond in the Ozark County jail.

The probable cause statement against Maupin by Sheriff Darrin Reed says Maupin “had been in an ongoing argument with David Hadley and Mr. Maupin went into his bedroom and came out with a Ruger .22 rifle and shot David Hadley at close range.  David’s father, Mike Hadley, heard the disturbance going on and came into the residence and Leland Maupin turned and shot him several times.”

The probable cause statement says Charles Cousins and Joanna Tackitt, who both live in the home with Maupin, witnessed the shootings, which occurred about 10 p.m.

“Both stated that the men put their hands up in the air and asked for him not to shoot them,” the sheriff’s probable cause statement says.

Both of the Hadleys died at the scene from “multiple gunshot wounds,” according to a news release from the sheriff.  The probable cause statement doesn’t say what the ongoing argument was about.

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