BOLLINGER COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - A Bollinger County man and woman were arrested in connection with a homicide investigation on Friday, April 2.
Joshua Proffer and Heather Watson are accused in the murder of Joshua Taylor.
Proffer and Watson were both charged with first degree murder and booked into the the Bollinger County Jail.
Bond was set at $1,000,000 each for Proffer and Watson.
A judge denied a bond reduction for both Proffer and Watson and set their next court hearing for Wednesday, April 14 at 9 a.m.
Additional charges for both Proffer and Watson are expected.
The investigation into Joshua Taylor’s death began when deputies responded to an unresponsive man on Bollinger County Road 346 at 1 a.m. on April 2.
When they arrived, they found 32-year-old Taylor dead, lying face up and partially submerged in a pond on the property.
Deputies report that Taylor also suffered several facial injuries and marks on his arms that appeared to be from being restrained at some point prior to his death.
According to the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office, a witness stated that Taylor was restrained to a chair and Watson repeatedly hit Taylor with a bar of soap that had been placed in a sock, in addition to being hit with a closed fist.
Investigators also learned that a towel had been placed over Taylor’s head as water was poured continuously onto the towel covering his face.
It was reported to the sheriff’s office that Proffer was present for the assault on Taylor and was giving instructions to Watson on how to carry out the beating.
Taylor was then reportedly dragged and placed into a pond after the assault and his presumed death.
Investigators searched the home where the assault took place and said they collected several items of evidence that was consistent with the assault of Taylor.
The Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation into Taylor’s death is ongoing.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control helped interview the suspects and witness.