8/5/2016: According to court documents, Anders waived his preliminary hearing and was bound over for trial. He is charged with voluntary manslaughter, armed criminal action, and unlawful possession of a firearm.
His next court date is August 30, 2016.
5/28/2016: (Press Release from Nevada Police Department)
On May 24th, 2016, at about 1030pm, Nevada Police Officers responded to Cozy Court, 820 E. Ashland in regards to a report of shots fired. Investigating Officers located a 28 year old Nevada resident lying on the motel's parking lot with several apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was immediately transported by the Vernon County Ambulance District (VCAD) to Nevada Regional Medical Center where the victim was later pronounced dead
The victim was identified as Brendon Spencer Moreland. The Southwest Missouri Major Case Squad was activated and over 25 investigators responded. Investigators began the interview process, developing valuable information and securing several search warrants that led to the recovery of evidence. This led investigators to the identification of a person of interest. An area wide search began which led investigators to an apartment located in Walker, Mo. A search warrant was secured overnight and members of the Vernon County Special Response Team along with SW Missouri Major Case Squad members searched the apartment and surrounding area. Valuable evidence was recovered by investigators. Vernon County Sheriff's personnel patrolling the Walker, Missouri area received a citizen tip that led to an arrest of a 32 year old Vernon County resident who had been apparently evading law enforcement officers in the Walker, Missouri area. That person has been identified as Casey G. Anders, a parolee from the Missouri Department of Corrections.
Nevada Police Detectives conducted an interview with Anders at the Vernon County Jail Investigators made warrant application and the Vernon County Associate Court has issued the following charges:
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The Nevada Police Department investigates its first homicide since 2009. Police say the crime happened in the 800 block of East Ashland. Investigators believe there is no cause for people to be worried about their own safety, but are still asking for you help.
Police say what happened in a motel's parking lot wasn't random, but planned in some way.
"I believe this was a vendetta-type situation. It's a personal issue. This is not somebody who comes here from out of town and commits a random crime. That's not the case here at all," says Chief Graham Burnley with the Nevada Police Department.
Police say 28-year-old Brendon Spenser Moreland, from Nevada, died at a local hospital after he was found last night with several gunshot wounds at the "Cosy Court."
"We've actually had some contacts with the victim in the past," says Burnley.
We asked if the victim has, in the past, been arrested.
"I'm not going to go into that," says Burnley.
Investigators say 30 to 40 people have been interviewed, some of them saying they saw the suspects. But the motel's owner, who did not want to be interviewed on camera, told us he has never seen the victim before.
"We've received very solid leads, leading us into the direction that we're looking for particular people who may or may not have been in the parking lot," says Burnley.
Local police are hopeful that the full story of what happened will be revealed, as the Southwest Missouri Major Case Squad has been activated.
More than 25 investigators have responded. Police believe the suspects are in the greater Nevada area.
"The benefit of the Major Case Squad is they come out and they work for a few days. They don't stay here forever, for sure. But they are able to cover ground, a tremendous amount of investigations, that put us far, far ahead. If we were trying to do it by ourselves, that would be very difficult. Would've taken us weeks to get where we are at right now," says Burnley.
If you have any information about what happened, you are asked to call the Nevada Police Department. Confidential information can be taken.
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