Man arrested after woman shot, killed near Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, Mo. (KBSI) – A Bloomfield man faces murder and firearms charges after a woman was shot and killed on Dec. 29.

John Clary, 39, is charged with murder in the second degree, felony murder, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm related to the December 29 shooting death of Misty Ladawn Reynolds near Bloomfield, according to Stoddard County Prosecutor Russ Oliver.

Stoddard County 911 received a call with a man yelling for help and a woman in the background screaming at 4:01 a.m. on Dec. 29.

A deputy arrived to 22790 County Road 503 in Bloomfield and found Reynolds lying on the front porch bleeding.

According to the probable cause statement, Clary came to the door and the deputy told him to lay on the ground and handcuffed him. When asked where was the gun, Clary told the deputy he did not have a gun and that it was in the bedroom. Clary told the deputy Reynolds fell and shot herself, according to the probable cause statement.

Reynolds had a gunshot wound to her left upper chest. She was pronounced dead at 5:39 a.m. on Dec. 29 at Southeast Hospital.

A search warrant was executed of the home. A .22 caliber pistol, .22 caliber rifle were found. The pistol was reported stolen from Scott County in May 2021, according to the probable cause statement.

During an interview with investigators, Clary admitted to using methamphetamine at the home on Dec. 29 and arguing with Reynolds, according to the probable cause statement.

Clary first told investigators he and Reynolds were arguing and she picked up the .22 caliber pistol and held it in her hand with her finger in the trigger. He said he tried to grab the gun and push it upward, but it went off and she was shot in the chest, according to the probable cause statement.

Clary later told investigators he may have seen the gun, grabbed for it at the same time Ladawn did, and it went off and she was shot.

Clary admitted in all the interviews that after Reynolds was shot, he carried her to the front porch and laid her down while calling 911. He said he tried to find his keys to drive her to the hospital, but could not locate them, according to the probable cause.

The Stoddard County Major Case Squad, Stoddard County Sheriff’s Office, members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol- DDCC and Dexter Police Department conducted the investigation.

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