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Suspect in Lake of the Ozarks biker club shooting requests venue change

The Miller County prosecutor charged Tonka Way-Con Ponder in July in connection with a deadly Lake Ozark shooting involving two motorcycle clubs.
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The Miller County prosecutor charged Tonka Way-Con Ponder in July in connection with a deadly Lake Ozark shooting involving two motorcycle clubs.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

A man accused in a deadly shooting this summer in Lake Ozark is asking for his trial to be moved to eastern Missouri.

Prosecutors charged Tonka Way-Con Ponder with first-degree assault and armed criminal action in the shootout that killed one man and injured four others during a July event for motorcycle enthusiasts at the Lake of the Ozarks.

A probable cause statement filed in the case says Ponder fatally shot a man identified as B.C. after B.C. pointed a gun at him. Ponder, who was locked in a fight with another person at the time, pulled out his gun and fired at B.C., authorities allege.

A lawyer for Ponder last week filed a motion for a change of venue, asking to move the trial to St. Charles County. The motion did not provide a justification for the request, but the shooting received extensive media coverage in Mid-Missouri.

Ponder is set to be arraigned Dec. 28.

Prosecutors also charged Daniel S. Kurtzeborn of Iberia with illegal gun possession in connection with the shooting. He has a hearing set for Jan. 19.

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Matthew Sanders is the digital content director at ABC 17 News.

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