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Man accused of killing wife, son requests change of venue, judge

George Edwin Joseph (Source: Mo. Vinelink) George Edwin Joseph (Source: Mo. Vinelink)

The attorney for a man accused of killing his wife and son before shooting himself has filed a request for a change of venue and change of judge.

George Edwin Joseph, 48, of Cape Girardeau is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed criminal action. The Cape Girardeau Sheriff's Office says he was taken into custody on Saturday, June 8.

According to the probable cause statement, Joseph killed 57-year-old Mary Joseph and 18-year-old Matthew Joseph, while they were sleeping in separate beds on May 30.

Both were shot multiple times in the head.

A family friend came to the home at 1220 West Cape Rock Drive in Cape Girardeau to check on the family around 8 a.m. The friend told police George Joseph had been depressed in the days leading up to May 30 because of "significant financial issues that impacted not only himself, but also a large number of other individuals."

George Joseph was found alive and wounded with a gunshot wound to the forehead in the pool house of the home.

Officers found a .22 semi-automatic handgun inside the swimming pool and shell casings were found the bedrooms with the victims.

A witness told police he had recently bought the gun from Joseph, but Joseph had asked to borrow it to take his son target shooting.

An autopsy indicated Mary and Matthew were shot while they slept.

George Joseph was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries to the forehead.

While in the hospital, Joseph told police they were correct that it appeared he shot his wife and son in order to save them the shame of financial ruin.

Joseph also indicated to police he had shot himself while standing in the middle of the pool.

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