LEADWOOD, Mo. (AP/KMOX) – (UPDATED 5:16 p.m.) Murder charges have been filed against a woman and her son in the shooting death of a local KKK leader whose body was found dumped near the Big River.
Charges are issued against 44-year-old Malissa Ancona and her son, 24-year-old Paul Jinkerson, in the death of 51-year-old Frank Ancona of Leadwood.
The St. Francois County Sheriff says it appears Frank Ancona was shot in his bed, likely while he was asleep, with both a shot gun and a handgun in the early morning hours of Feb. 9.
Who fired the guns remains under investigation.
The couple was facing a divorce.
A family fishing in the Big River near Belgrade found the body Saturday.
Frank Ancona was the self-proclaimed Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan in the Leadwood area.
St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney Jerrod Mahurin filed first-degree murder, armed criminal action, tampering with evidence and abandonment of a corpse charges against Ancona’s wife, Malissa Ann Ancona, 44, and Ancona’s stepson, Paul E. Jinkerson, 24, of Belgrade.
The mother and son are both being held without bond.
Our previous reporting is as follows:
The wife of a Ku Klux Klan leader from Missouri who was found fatally shot over the weekend is jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder.
Melissa Ancona, 44, was taken into custody Sunday and is being held, pending warrants being issued, at the Saint Francois County Jail.
Her husband, 51-year-old Frank Ancona, was found fatally shot near the Big River Saturday. He had not been seen for several days. His vehicle was found Thursday on a forestry service road near Potosi.
Ancona called himself an imperial wizard with the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. A website for the group includes an image of Ancona in a white hood and robe standing in front of a burning cross.
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