Fredericktown woman pleads not guilty to murdering husband

Fredericktown woman pleads not guilty to murdering husband
Cheryl Long (Source: dailyjournalonline)
Cheryl Long (Source: dailyjournalonline)

FREDERICKTOWN, MO (KFVS) - A Fredericktown woman is charged with the murder of her husband.

Cheryl Lynn Long, 50, is accused of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Alan Q. Long, 56, of Fredericktown on Monday, September 30.

Cheryl Long pleaded not guilty in court during her arraignment on Thursday morning in Madison County court, according to the circuit clerk's office.

According to the Madison County Prosecutor's Office, police were called to the Long home around 4:30 a.m. Monday morning for the call of a self-inflicted gunshot death.

According to statements from Fredericktown Police Department Det. Jason Fitzwater, there were some inconsistencies at the scene with the evidence and the story that was being provided.

According to the probable cause statement, the Madison County coroner contacted the medical examiner for an autopsy on Alan Q. Long's body.

The pathologist offered the opinion that the wound was not consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The pathologist also offered the opinion that the crime scene had been altered or staged by looking at the photographs of the scene, according to the probable cause statement.

Cheryl Long was then asked to come to the police department and did so voluntarily, according to Det. Fitzwater.

According to the probable cause statement, after Miranda warnings from Fredericktown police and the Missouri Highway Patrol investigators, Cheryl Long made incriminating statements to investigators.

According to Det. Fitzwater's statement, Cheryl Long is accused of using a .357 caliber revolver to kill Alan Q. Long based on her statements, the opinion of the pathologist and evidence at the scene.

The Fredericktown Police Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control investigated. The charges were filed October 1.

Murder in the first degree carries a range of punishment of the death penalty or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Armed Criminal Action carries a punishment of imprisonment for a period of not less than three years.

No bond has been set. Her next court appearance is set for October 10 at 9 a.m.

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