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Plea deals taken by suspects in 2015 Murder Case

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Terryray Riggle Terryray Riggle
Ginger Slater Ginger Slater
Jonny Slater Jonny Slater
JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

On September 6, 2014 Jonny R Slater who resided at 514 S. St. Louis Avenue in Joplin was reported missing by his mother. At the time he was married to Ginger L. Slater.

On June 3, 2015 the body of a man, believed to be Slater was recovered in a mine shaft near Carterville, Missouri.

Today, October 16, 2015 investigators with the Joplin Police Department again interviewed Ginger Slater and Terryray L. Riggle, in regard to Slater’s death. As a result both are currently being held in jail pending charges with the Jasper County Prosecutor’s Officer for the charge of First Degree Murder.

The investigation discovered that on September 6, 2014 Ginger Slater and Riggle drove to 514 S. St. Louis so that Riggle could talk to Jonny Slater about the relationship he was having with Ginger. Ginger Slater entered the residence leaving a door open behind her, so Riggle could enter the residence. Ginger began talking with Jonny, in the bedroom when Riggle entered the room and began to choke Jonny with a dog collar. After they determined Jonny was dead they drove him to the mine shaft in Carterville and buried his body.

The investigation is continuing. Detectives are currently are working to conduct a search warrant at the residence.  

10/24/2016:  Ginger Slater and her boyfriend are sentenced today for the murder of Jonny Slater. His body was found in a mine shaft in Carterville in June 2015. The night Riggle was killed Ginger and her boyfriend Riggle were going to tell Jonny about their relationship, but instead Ginger says Riggle strangled Jonny. They both placed his body in a mine hole near Carterville. 

Riggle took a plead deal for the lesser charge of 2nd degree murder. He will serve a life sentence for his role in Jonny Slater's death.

Ginger Slater also took a plea deal to serve 30 years on a second degree murder charge. 

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