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Murder suspect also accused in federal meth case

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BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri man accused of killing a tattoo artist and hiding the remains in a septic tank is also facing federal drug trafficking charges.

The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Mo. reports that Melvin John Scherrer of Bonne Terre was charged last month in federal court with conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine.

Scherrer is charged in state court with first-degree murder in the death of 38-year-old Samuel "Tick" Francis of Cape Girardeau.

The remains were found July 25 in a septic tank in a wooded area outside of Bonne Terre. Scherrer is jailed without bond.

Court records indicate Scherrer has been under federal drug investigation for more than two years, allegedly getting meth from Texas then supplying the drug to others for distribution in eastern Missouri.

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