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Man charged with murder in Pulaski County

Tyron Spence-Bey
Pulaski County Sheriff's Office
Tyron Spence-Bey


A St. Robert, Missouri, man has been charged with murder and other charges in relation to a shooting.

Tyron Spence-Bey, 31, is charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm. The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office said in an email that Spence-Bey is being held on a $1 million bond.

The sheriff's office said shooting occurred Wednesday in the 16000 block of Hobo Lane. Deputies found the victim, Robin Keppel, unresponsive with a gunshot wound in their chest. Witnesses said Spence-Bey -- also referred to as "Rudy" in the probable cause statement -- ran off into the woods nearby. Keppel was pronounced dead.

St. Robert police and Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers found Spence-Bey north of the residence and was detained.

A neighbor told the sheriff's office that Spence-Bey ran into their residence asking to use a phone so someone could pick him up. The witness said they didn't know Spence-Bey well, but said he had cut their grass a few times.

The witness said they allowed Spence-Bey into the home. They eventually located a gun in a bedroom, which was identified as the same weapon Spence-Bey had when he entered the residence, according to the probable cause statement.

Another witness told law enforcement that he heard three shots come from around a camper and found Keppel shot, and also stated Keppel said Spence-Bey shot him, according to the probable cause statement.

Another witness said she saw Spence-Bey running from the area after hearing gunshots and finding Keppel on the ground.

Spence-Bey allegedly stated he was waiting at one of the witness' residences waiting for someone to show up and fix his dirt bike and claimed Keppel started shooting at him. He allegedly told law enforcement that he took off into the woods after grabbing a gun and fired a round at Keppel, according to the statement.

A sheriff's deputy inspected the area and claims the shot Spence-Bey said he fired would have had to go through, or around, two campers and a vehicle in order to hit Keppel where the blood trail was located, according to the probable cause statement.

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