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Farmhand enters not guilty plea in death of Belinda Beisly

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Updated June 5, 2013:  A farmhand charged in the 2009 death of Belinda Beisly has pled not guilty to a charge of first degree murder.

According to court documents Bob Beisly offered Jeremy Maples $10,000 to kill his wife, Belinda.

Authorities say Maples admitted to talking with Bob Beisly about killing Belinda, but Maples says he never planned to go through with the murder.  Instead, he says he went to tell Belinda about the plot and that is when he found her already shot dead in her home.

Maples has another hearing scheduled for June 25.

 

Updated May 23, 2013 at 2:40 PM CST:  The death penalty is not being sought against a farmhand charged in the 2009 death of Belinda Beisly.

Jeremy Maples and Belinda's estranged husband, Bob Beisly, are both charged with first degree murder.

According to court documents Bob Beisly offered Maples $10,000 to kill his wife.  Authorities say Maples admitted to talking with Bob Beisly about killing Belinda, but Maples says he never planned to go through with the murder.  Instead, he says he went to tell Belinda about the plot and that is when he found her already shot dead in her home.

Authorities are still deciding whether or not to pursue the death penalty for Bob Beisly.

 

Updated February 11, 2013 at 5:10 PM CST:  Authorities say a Vernon County shooting death was a murder for hire.

It's the 2009 death of Belinda Beisly.

According to court documents Bob Beisly, Belinda's estranged husband, offered Jeremy Maples, a coworker at the time, $10,000 to kill his wife.

Both men were arraigned today via video in Vernon County and are charged with first degree murder.

Belinda was found shot to death in her home in July of 2009.

Authorities say Maples has admitted to talking with Bob Beisly about killing Belinda.  Maples says he never planned to go through with the murder, but says he went to the home to tell Belinda about the plot.  He says he found her already dead in her home.

However, a witness told investigators this past September that Maples admitted to killing Belinda. 

Updated February 10, 2013 at 8:29 PM CST: Police arrest a second man involved with the death of Belinda Beisly.

An anonymous tip lead the Cedar County Sheriff's Office to arrest Jeremy Maples, 33 for 1st degree murder. Maples was found in El Dorado Springs and was transported to the Vernon County Jail.

Belinda's estranged husband Bob Beisly was also arrested Friday for 1st degree murder.

Detectives say there was very little physical evidence left at the scene when Belinda was shot at her home multiple times, but that recent arrests back in October of 2012 gave them more information that lead to these arrests.

Both man are being held in Vernon County without bond.

Updated February 8, 2013 at 3:10 PM CST:  Authorities are asking for help in finding a man believed to be involved in the 2009 murder of a Vernon County, Missouri woman.

Belinda Beisly, 47, was found shot to death inside her Deerfield, Missouri home on July 15, 2009 after co-workers became concerned that she had not reported for work.

Today, the Vernon County Sheriff's Office arrested her estranged husband, Bob Beisly.  Authorities say the couple was in the process of getting a divorce.

The Vernon County chief deputy says they have issued an arrest warrant for a second person believed to be involved in the murder, Jeremy Maples.

Photos added at 4:10 PM CST

Updated February 15, 2011 at 6:25 PM CST by CHANTEE LANS:  Belinda Beisly was found shot to death insider her Deerfield, Missouri home on July 15, 2009.

Today would have been Beisly's 49th birthday.  Her family recognized the day by decorating her grave with balloons and flowers.

Beisly's family is offering an $11,000 reward for anyone who can provide information that can lead to an arrest.

Her brother, David Irwin, says he is determined to seek justice.  In the meantime he is spending his sister's birthday remembering her positive spirit.

"If you were having a bad day, it didn't matter what was going on, she'd make you laugh," Irwin says.  "She'd make you smile in just five minutes.  She was just a kick to be around."

The Vernon County sheriff's office has interviewed more than 50 people, including a handful of persons of interest.  So far, no arrests have been made.

If you have any information about the death contact the Vernon County Sheriff's tip hotline at (417) 448 5599.

Updated Dec 22, 2009 - 4:55 PM CST:  DEARFIELD, MO. - The family of a Vernon County, Missouri woman offers a reward in the case of her murder.

Authorities found Belinda Beisly, 47, dead in her home in July of this year after co-workers became concerned that she had not reported for work.

The Vernon County sheriff said autopsy results indicate Beisly died from gun shot wounds.

Beisly's brother, David Irwin, says the reward fund for information leading to arrest and conviction of those responsible is up to $11,000.

Updated Aug 25, 2009 - 5:15 PM CST:  A southwest Missouri family offers a reward in a homicide case.

Belinda Beisly, 47, was found dead on July 15 in her home near Deerfield when Vernon County deputies went to her home for well-being check.

Autopsy reports showed she died from gunshot wounds.

Sheriff Ron Peckman says there is still information authorities are not releasing.

"The evidence we found we are not going to talk about," Sheriff Peckman told us.  "A lot of the stuff at the scene that we found, and what we know, we don't release because it is an investigative tool that we use."

Now family and friends have donated money for a reward on information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. 

"We are following up leads, investigations, polygraphs," continues Sheriff Peckman.  "We are still waiting for results back from lab on evidences still there." 

If you have any information about the death contact the Vernon County Sheriff's tip hotline at (417) 448 5599.

Updated July 17, 2009 - 4:41 PM CST:  VERNON COUNTY, MO. - Preliminary autopsy show a Vernon County woman died from multiple gunshots.

On Wednesday authorities had gone to a home north of Deerfield, where they discovered the body of Belinda Beisly, 47.

They had gone to check on Beisly after a coworker reported she had failed to show up for work.

"We're putting all of our resources together that the county has, the state has, to determine what caused this and who caused it,"  Sheriff Peckman told us on Thursday.  "We're going to push as hard as ever to find who did this."

The preliminary autopsy results were released Friday and showed that Beisly died from multiple gunshots, and her death has been ruled a homicide.

Authorities say they have several people of interest but would not elaborate further.

"We're still questioning, taking reports, talking to everybody, anybody that has anything, still turning stones," Sheriff Ron Peckman told us on Friday.

The Vernon County sheriff's office is getting assistance form the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Final autopsy results are not expected to be released for several weeks.

No arrests have been made at this time.

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Update July 16, 2009 - 1:10 PM CST / 5:18 PM CST

VERNON COUNTY, MO. - State and county officers are at the home north of Deerfield where they discovered the body of Belinda Beisly, 47.

"We're putting all of our resources together that the county has, the state has, to determine what caused this and who caused it,"  Sheriff Peckman told us.  "We're going to push as hard as ever to find who did this."

Authorities had gone there to check on Beisly after a coworker reported she had failed to show up for work.

An autopsy is underway and Springfield to determine cause of death.

Investigators from the Drugs and Crime Control Division of the Missouri Highway Patrol are helping the sheriff's officers.

"A lot of this we're holding to ourselves so we can finish some interviews," Sheriff Peckman says.

Friends say the family owns Rockin' B Ranch North of Deerfield, and her husband runs Beisly Oil in Nevada.

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