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Former Monroe Co man pleads Not Guilty in fatal Moberly shootings

Former Monroe Co man pleads Not Guilty in fatal Moberly shootings

4 months ago by Scott Hardy

Christopher Esry faces two counts of 1st Degree Murder

A former Madison, Missouri man, accused of fatally shooting two Columbia men during a drug deal in Moberly, has pleaded Not Guilty.  

Christopher Esry was in Randolph County Circuit Court Wednesday, where he waived a preliminary hearing and entered that Not Guilty plea. Esry's charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of 1st Degree Robbery. Records show Esry will be back in court August 22nd. He's one of four men charged in the alleged shootings, which Moberly police say were committed December 28th as part of a robbery plan during a meth deal. The victims, 51-year old Darren Tharp and 24-year old Shane Hare, were found in a car with gun-shot wounds to the head. Esry is alleged to have fired the fatal shots, and was caught New Years' night during a traffic stop on US 24 just east of Madison. Three other Moberly men also face 2nd Degree Murder and evidence tampering charges in the case.

All four are in the Randolph County Jail on $1 million cash-only bond.

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