Three people are in custody as Callaway County authorities investigate an apparent murder.
The sheriff’s department says 29-year-old Nathan Pritchett, Jr. was found dead early Tuesday morning on Callaway County Road 136, east of Route JJ and south of Calwood. That is northeast of Fulton.
Authorities made three arrests later Tuesday: Justin Witt, 47, of Fulton; Joey Morris, 28, of Vandalia; and William Schoening-Scoggins, 23, of Fulton. They are all accused of second degree murder, forgery, attempted stealing of a controlled substance, and attempted possession of a controlled substance. Witt is also accused of armed criminal action.
The suspects say in court documents it was a meth deal gone bad. They apparently told police they tried to buy the drug with counterfeit money, but Pritchett figured out. Pritchett threatened to use a gun, so Witt shot him with a shotgun.
All three suspects are now in jail with no bond.
(This story was last updated at 12:36 p.m. Wednesday.)