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Kennett, Mo. man arrested for murder, several other charges

Published: Oct. 3, 2021 at 1:53 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2021 at 11:41 AM CDT
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KENNETT, Mo. (KFVS) - A Kennett man facing first-degree murder charges is expected to be in court this week.

Frankie W. Pitts, 49, of Kennett was arrested on and booked into the Dunklin County Jail. He is being held without bond.

Pitts was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, unlawful use of weapon, two counts of tampering with evidence and armed criminal action.

Kennett Police said officers were called to the 600 block of Jones Street just before 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 2 in reference to a possible dead man.

When officers arrived they found 76-year-old Dewey W. Ridings, also known as Sonny, dead.

The cause of his death has not been released at this time.

In addition to the Kennett Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control and the Dunklin County Sheriff’s Department assisted with investigation.

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