New charges filed in connection with Clinton Officer Gary Michael's murder

Posted at 4:45 PM, Aug 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-17 17:45:41-04

Two people are accused of harboring Ian McCarthy, the man charged with shooting and killing a Clinton police officer, knowing law enforcement officers were conducting an intense manhunt for him. 

Henry County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Shields announced Thursday additional charges related to Officer Michael's murder. 

Officer Michael was killed during a traffic stop in Clinton, Missouri. 

William Noble was charged last week with tampering with physical evidence. According to a news release from the Henry County Prosecutor’s Office, an amended complaint was filed Thursday afternoon adding the following charges: hindering prosecution, four counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and one count of fraudulent purchase of a firearm.

Noble’s wife, Brandie Noble, 35, has been charged with one count of hindering prosecution, and four counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

The news release says the charges allege the Nobles returned to their home to find Ian McCarthy inside, armed with an assault rifle, after they heard that McCarthy had shot and killed a police officer. The charges allege they harbored him in their home, knowing an intense manhunt was underway in the immediate area and that there were four children under the age of 17 who were subjected to substantial risk of serious physical injury or death, according to the news release.

The charges also allege William Noble bought the firearm used in Michael’s murder with the intent to immediately transfer it to McCarthy after saying the purchase was for himself. 

There are now four people charged in connection with Michael's death. McCarthy is charged with first-degree murder and felony armed criminal action, and Jacob Johnson is charged with hindering prosecution of a felony. 

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