1 of 3 defendants pleads guilty in 2020 Lamar murder

1 Of 3 Defendants Pleads Guilty In 2020 Lamar Murder
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BARTON COUNTY, Mo. – Lane Bronson pleads guilty for his role in the 2020 Lamar murder of Terry Harless.

Bronson is one of three defendants in the case. Judge Dean Dankelson set sentencing for December 17, 2021. Bronson is still in custody.

LAMAR MURDER

In addition to Lane Bronson, prosecutors in Barton County, Missouri charged David Morris and Tre Ackerson with second-degree murder. Investigators say the men are responsible for the shooting death of Terry Harless.

On July 13, 2020, Lamar police officers responded to a call about gunshots. They went to the location on the 700 block of Broadway. They found Harless, 51, dead. Police called it an “isolated event” and a homicide.

On December 15, 2020, the Barton County Prosecutor’s Office charged Lane Bronson, of Carthage. Eight days later, prosecutors charged Tre Ackerson, of Joplin, and David Morris, of Duenweg.

The courts scheduled a hearing for Tre Ackerson and David Morris on Thursday, October 14, 2021.

OKLAHOMA INDICTMENT

MAYES COUNTY, Mo. – Three suspects in the Lamar homicide are also facing an Oklahoma murder case indictment. Both happened in July of 2020.

On Friday, July 23, 2021, a grand jury indicted four more suspects in the kidnapping and death of an Osage Nation resident. This brings the number to eleven Joplin area residents charged related to the case. (Read more on this case here)

“The 11 defendants charged were allegedly involved in either the kidnapping and resulting death of Jolene Walker Campbell or with threatening witnesses and concealing evidence to cover up their crimes,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.

Someone discovered Campbell’s body on July 15, 2020, in a remote field in Mayes County, Oklahoma within the boundaries of the Muscogee Nation. Authorities allege the kidnapping and resulting death happened between July 4 and 5, 2020.

According to the indictment, the defendants conspired with one another and others to kidnap the victim. They suspected she was a federal informant.

In the most recent indictment, attorneys charged brothers Tre Robert Allan Ackerson and Lane Ryan Bronson along with Jacob Ryan Scribner and Kimberly Kay Grissom in the case.

You can read the indictment charges and more details on that case here.

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