War on Meth Turns Violent

War on Meth Turns Violent
By: Holly Brantley

BOLLINGER COUNTY, MO --People who live in rural Bollinger County say they fear a growing meth problem that's bringing danger and violence very close to home.

The latest example, Saturday night's arrest of 22 year old James William Leach.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Leach told investigators he smoked meth earlier that day, and then assaulted a 22-year old and a 12-year old at a house in the April Hills Area. Leach allegedly cut both victims throats.

Grover Waller says the whole thing happened inside his home. Waller says he moved to the country to get away from it all, and he thought he had, until this weekend's rude awakening.

"Next thing I know, some boy came running through my house and crashed into the door," said Waller. Waller says he only met Leach once earlier that same day and had no idea why he was suddenly tearing through his home.

"I didn't see a knife in his hand but he lashed out and went all the way across my jugular. But, the knife was turned the wrong way so the dull side got me."

Waller says that's when he ran for his gun and Leach got into his car and drove away. According to Waller he fired a shot to scare him off.

"I went back in the house and that's when I found everybody's throats cut and blood all over everything.  If I'd known that first I would have killed this boy," said Waller.

Waller's 13-year old Cody says he saw Leach slit the throats of the 22-year old Justin Bostic and a 12-year old named Steven.

According to a Probable Cause Affidavit, Leach admits to smoking meth and told Investigators the two victims were "crowding" him.

"This boy said he felt cramped up and stuff. I have 500 acres here and 250 back here and two kids in the house. How does he feel like he was cramped up?" Waller said.

Neighbors say maybe all that wide open space is the problem.

"Nothing surprises me back here…nothing!" said one neighbor who did not want to be identified. "I see a lot of strange cars coming in and out of here it may be from the drugs that's going on in and out of here."

James William Leach faces two counts of first degree assault, one count of attempted assault and stealing.