Nephew of Newton County murder victim charged in case

Bryant, James(henry)

James Henry Bryant, mugshot from Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – The Newton County Prosecutor charges a man for the murder of Robert Bryant.

The suspect, James Henry Bryant, 32, is the nephew of the victim and currently in the Ottawa County, Oklahoma Jail on unrelated charges. James lives at the same home as the victim, Robert, according to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

On Saturday, May 30, 21020, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office responded to 15726 Finch Drive, between Neosho and Seneca. Authorities say a neighbor had found a body partially hidden under a pile of debris on the property.

The Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as 55-year-old Robert L. Bryant, who lived at that home. Family members said he had not been seen since the previous Sunday, but that he had not been reported missing yet.

Newton County Detectives got a search warrant for his property and processed the scene. They collected evidence and conducted interviews, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Today, June 2, 2020, Detectives with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office submitted paperwork requesting charges. The Prosecutor’s Office has filed charges of First Degree Murder, Armed Criminal Action and abandonment of a corpse.

No bond has been set for James Bryant.

An autopsy for Robert is scheduled for Wednesday, June 3.