PETTIS COUNTY, MO – A Smithton resident is charged with murder in Pettis County Court.

Court documents say a warrant was issued Thursday for Michael B. Brown of Smithton, who is charged with 1st degree murder, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, child endangerment, and assault.  A probable cause statement says Brown was pursued Wednesday after a reported traffic incident at East Webster and Tonya Drive in Smithton. Brown’s wife, Maria Brown, reportedly died after she was hit by a truck driven by the defendant. This followed a physical altercation between Michael and Maria Brown.  Brown eventually turned himself in to Pettis County authorities.

No bond is allowed. Court dates have not been set.