Morgan County couple killed in apparent robbery turned double homicide

MORGAN COUNTY, Mo. - Two people are dead in what law enforcement officials are describing as a robbery turned double homicide in central Missouri.

Wayne and Mae Wells were found dead in their home on the 34000 block of Oak Hill Road in unincorporated Morgan County by a friend around 11 a.m. Tuesday. Mae was found in the kitchen, while Wayne, who was wheelchair bound, was found in living room, according to a family member.

Wayne was 82. Mae was 73.

They were both shot several times.

Morgan County Sheriff Jim Petty said investigators believe the killer forced his way into the home sometime between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday in an attempted robbery that turned deadly. They believe the crime was committed during that time window because the interior and porch lights were on, indicating sometime after sunset, but before 9 p.m., which is when the couple normally went to bed.

Law enforcement officials are investigating whether the double homicide is related to a couple other incidents that occurred in the area.

At around 5 p.m. Tuesday, authorities were called to a nearby house after a man reported that a gun had been stolen from his home. At the same time, a man in a neighboring yard was witnessed stabbing himself.

Deputies chased after the man as he ran into the woods. He was eventually taken into custody and treated for his injuries.

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