Suspect in custody in connection to Iron Co., MO murder

(Source: Hank Cavagnaro, KFVS)
(Source: Hank Cavagnaro, KFVS)
(Source: Hank Cavagnaro, KFVS)
(Source: Hank Cavagnaro, KFVS)

IRON COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - An Iron County, Missouri murder suspect is in custody.

According to Sheriff Roger Medley, William King was taken into custody on Tuesday, November 7 near a scrapyard on Highway 21 and Highway N.

King is facing charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm.

According to documents from the office of Sheriff Medley, officials were dispatched to a call regarding a shooting at 139 Morgan Lane.

Deputies found Thomas Ventimiglia, 35, dead at the scene lying on his back in the roadway. He was found between Morgan Lane and Missouri State Highway 21. Ventimiglia was shot and killed around 1:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 6.

Witnesses reported that King had an apparent verbal altercation with Ventimiglia. One witness said King shot Ventimiglia with a black and brown rifle when Ventimiglia was in the road.

Witnesses also told officials that King left in a white sport utility vehicle.

Officials began searching for King who is a convicted felon out of Dent County Circuit Court from a first-degree assault charge from 1996.

Medley said they received several tips and searched in areas with very limited cell service.

Missouri Highway Patrol K-9 units came in to help search, but, due to the rain, they have not been able to be used.

He said crews found a vehicle near Snow Hollow Lake Monday evening that they believe belonged to King.

Residents were encouraged to lock their doors and be on the lookout.

"They should have their doors locked," said Sheriff Medley. "He is armed obviously. There was a shooting. We haven't recovered a weapon yet, but we have recovered a car. The possibility that it's in the car is still there so we're just telling everybody to be alert. Pay attention."

The investigation is ongoing with the Iron County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri Highway Patrol Crime Unit.

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