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James Crocker

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Mo. Slaying Case May Hinge On Property Rights

James Crocker had grown weary of the partying canoers and rafters who encroached on his neatly kept property along Missouri’s Meramec River. When he caught a man about to relieve himself on a gravel bar by his yard last month, a nasty confrontation ensued that ended with one person dead and Crocker accused of killing him.

09/03/2013

Suspected shooter, 59-year-old James Crocker

Judge Rules River Shooting Case Can Move Forward

James Crocker of Steelville is charged in the death of 48-year-old Paul Dart Jr. Crawford County Associate Circuit Judge Scott Bernstein heard more than an hour of testimony Friday.

08/16/2013

Suspected shooter, 59-year-old James Crocker

Man Accused in Meramec River Shooting Faces Hearing

James Crocker of Steelville is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 48-year-old Paul Dart Jr.

08/16/2013

Suspected shooter, 59-year-old James Crocker

Meramec River Shooting Highlights Property Rights Debate

Paul Dart Jr., 48, was taking part in a float trip Saturday afternoon when he got into a dispute with a nearby homeowner about whether they were standing on private or public property.

07/24/2013

Suspected shooter, 59-year-old James Crocker

Man Fatally Shot After Argument Along Meramec River

48-year-old Paul Dart Jr. was taking part in a float trip near Steelville Saturday afternoon when he got in a dispute with a nearby homeowner

07/22/2013