One of the men accused of killing a Richmond woman Wednesday reportedly attempted to take his own life just hours after his arrest. Numerous phone calls to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Ray County Sheriff’s Department, and the Richmond Police Department have not been returned. The Ray County Coroner told KMZU News Friday that he had not been notified of a death at the county jail. According to several anonymous sources, the incident happened late Thursday at the jail in Henrietta. KMZU News is not releasing the name of the suspect until these reports can be confirmed.
Brandon Simpson, 25, was charged Thursday with first-degree murder, burglary, and stealing in connection to the death of Michelle Rheuport, 40. Rheuport’s body was found around 7:00 a.m. Wednesday at a home in the 400 block of Farris Avenue. James Gant, 25, and Lauren Gabbard, 23, were also charged in Rheuport’s death. Authorities said the trio implicated each other in a string of text messages. Simpson is accused of strangling Rheuport while the other two allegedly conspired to keep Rheuport’s 17-year-old son from going to the home. Simpson’s prior criminal record included charges of assault and marijuana distribution. In 2010, he pleaded guilty in Clay County to holding a 19-year-old hostage and beating him over drug money. Simpson, Gant, and Gabbard were each being held in the Ray County jail on a $1 million bond.
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