A Texas County man accused of killing his wife appeared in court this morning.

Daniel Chapman, 54, appeared inside Courtroom A before Judge Doug Gaston at the Texas County Justice Center. Only members of the media and area authorities were present.

Gaston scheduled Chapman's preliminary hearing for Sept. 30. He is scheduled to appear with counsel Aug. 30.

Chapman, who is being held without bond, said he would use a public defender.

EARLIER: A man accused of killing his wife a Cabool business waived extradition and was booked into the Texas County Jail at about 12:15 a.m. Friday.

Investigations traveled to Colorado where Daniel Chapman, 54, was arrested without incident Wednesday night by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Apprehension Task Force. He was apprehended at a residence where he'd been staying.

Chapman will likely appear before a judge today to hear first-degree murder and armed criminal action charges against him.

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EARLIER: A Mountain Grove man suspected of killing his wife was last known to be in western Kansas, according to Texas County Sheriff Carl Watson.

Watson said Daniel W. Chapman, 54, used his cell phone near a small Kansas town Saturday. Watson also said that Chapman had previously used his cell phone at locations in Arkansas and Oklahoma since he allegedly shot and killed his wife, Sandra Chapman, 55, around 8:30 p.m. Thursday inside the Sinclar gas station in Cabool they owned.

Watson said Chapman's mother lives in Nebraska, but she is in the area and has made her presence known to authorities.

A probable cause statement, signed by Sgt. Jerald Sigman of the Cabool Police Department, shed light into the alleged murder.

According to a witness, the Chapmans were inside the gas station on U.S. Business 60, when a gentleman pulled up to the door. He told authorities he took two steps toward the business before he was waved off by Dan Chapman. The witness said Sandy ran toward the front door, and he saw Dan Chapman fire a shot at her with a black semi-automatic pistol.

The witness said he heard at least four more shots fired as he ran for safety at a nearby car wash.

After about five minutes, the witness told police he saw Dan Chapman leave the parking lot in a truck. It was the last eye-witness account of Chapman's whereabouts.

Chapman was last seen driving a 2010 Ford white crew cab pickup. The license plate number is OUM-214. He is described as having green eyes, 5-foot-6 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds.

EARLIER: As the search continues for a man wanted in the murder of his wife at Cabool, funeral services are set for the victim.

Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Second Baptist Church, Cabool.

Authorities have not seen a Cabool man suspected of killing his wife Thursday night since he fled the scene.

Roger McDonald, a dispatcher with the Cabool Police Department, said Friday afternoon that Daniel W. Chapman, 55, was last seen traveling northbound on U.S. 63 shortly after the shooting inside a Sinclair gas station. McDonald said Cabool police were alerted to the shooting at 8:22 p.m.

Chapman was formally charged Friday with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in Texas County Associate Circuit Court.

McDonald said the search for Chapman involves agencies in Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas. He said authorities received a tip that Chapman was in the Hardy, Ark., area, but it was false. Since that time, the search has expanded west.

Chapman allegedly shot and killed his wife, Sandra Chapman, 54, inside the business they owned. McDonald said no one else was inside at the time of the shooting.

McDonald said investigators believe the couple was having marital issues. Lt. Melissa Dunn of the Texas County Sheriff's Department earlier labeled the shooting a "domestic dispute."

The couple had two daughters.

Chapman was last seen driving a 2010 Ford white crew cab pickup. The license plate number is OUM-214. He is described as having green eyes, 5-foot-6 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds.

EARLIER: Texas County Sheriff Carl Watson said just before noon Friday that authorities continue to search for a Cabool man who allegedly shot and killed his wife Thursday night.

Watson said there were no new developments in the case. He said he could not comment further.

While few details have been released, officers are seeking 55-year-old Daniel Chapman, who is believed to be driving a 2010 Ford white crew cab pickup with license plate OUM-214. Chapman is described as having green eyes, 5 foot-6 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. Injuries from an August 2010 accident left him with some disabilities. He struck a tree on Highway M and sustained serious injuries. Acquintances say he used a cane.

Chapman is wanted for questioning after the shooting of his wife, Sandra M. Chapman, at the couple's Sinclair gas station on Cabool's Business U.S. 60. They have operated it since 2001 after they purchased what at that time was called "Corner Express."

Authorities said Chapman, who is a bricklayer who has completed many jobs in the region, is considered armed and dangerous. Chapman's firm is Masonry Construction. Lt. Melissa Dunn of the Texas County Sheriff's Department said shortly after 7 a.m. Friday that Chapman remained at large.

Dunn said the murder occurred around 8:30 p.m. Thursday inside the gas station. She described it as a domestic incident.

Cabool's Police Department said Thursday night that they could not comment.

Yellow police tape stretching across the driveway of the Chapman's home off Valleyview Road, west of Cabool, had been broken Friday morning. No one was at the home.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Texas County Sheriff's Department and Cabool Police Department are involved in the investigation.

 

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judy
judy kennedy

how sad...

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Debbie Conway

This poor lady and her family! What is wrong with people when they think the only way to solve a problem is just to pull out a weapon and kill someone. Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends. This is just really really SAD!

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Jeff Clark

People Kill People , not guns . but it takes a crazy one to kill a love one.

Madeenteres
Teresa Little

Why was it that Danny never seem to think about the consequences before he took such a beautiful life as my sister-in-laws? They were married for 37 years and now he will have twice that to think about the unthinkable hatred that controlled him that evil night in Cabool. She just wanted to end the beatings he gave her and start a new happier life without him. Justice will reign supreme Dan in spite of our great loss, God will judge with vengence and darkness will dwell inside your head forever!