A Missouri girl who informed cops she was within the bathe when her boyfriend was shot and killed within the driveway of their dwelling 17 years in the past is now charged with homicide in his 2004 loss of life.
Alice Patricia Weiss of Columbia, Missouri, was arrested at her home Thursday by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for murder in the second degree, Missouri Legal professional Normal Eric Schmitt introduced. Authorities imagine Weiss, who’s now 65, shot her then-boyfriend James Summers within the head and again with a .22-caliber pistol on April 7, 2004. Summers, 47, was discovered lifeless within the driveway of his dwelling in Dittmer, Missouri, about two hours from the place Weiss now lives.
Police questioned Weiss within the days after Summers died, however by no means filed costs. Weiss was all the time the prime suspect, based on investigators, who mentioned no different credible suspects had emerged in practically twenty years. The AG’s workplace has not revealed what particularly led to costs being filed towards Weiss now, saying solely that the case was superior by investigators who checked out proof by way of “a brand new set of eyes.” Authorities haven’t revealed a attainable motive.
On April 7, 2004, police responded to stories of a capturing at Summers’ dwelling. There, they discovered Weiss standing exterior in a pink bathrobe and towel. She informed deputies that Summers had simply left to select up his daughter from a gymnastics class, and that she had been within the bathe when she heard “two pops,” based on a probable cause statement filed by prosecutors. The one different particular person there on the time was Weiss’ father, who had superior dementia, and “was not capable of present any coherent statements concerning the occasions that night.”
Weiss gave conflicting accounts of the place she saved the gun, and when she shot it final. She then speculated that Summers encountered a thief within the driveway who in some way “obtained her firearm from contained in the residence with out her data and used it to shoot Summers,” states the doc. “Weiss was confronted with the improbability of this situation and he or she agreed it didn’t appear attainable.”
Investigators recreated the occasion to check Weiss’ story, which additional undermined her claims: After they arrange an audio recorder in Weiss’s bathe and fired her .22 exterior, ‘the sounds had been barely audiable [sic] and investigators concluded that until you knew precisely what to pay attention for, an individual would doubtless not acknowledge the sounds as gunfire,” based on the doc.
Investigators later spoke to Weiss’ cousin, who had picked up Weiss on the Sheriff’s Workplace on the night time of the capturing and drove her dwelling. Through the experience, Weiss repeatedly informed the cousin, who just isn’t recognized in courtroom filings, that she “fucked up” by altering her story concerning the gun to detectives. She additionally claimed to have heard an “intruder” within the storage earlier than moving into the bathe, which the cousin mentioned didn’t make a lot sense.
4 years later, in 2008, the cousin mentioned he was purchasing with Weiss at Walmart when she informed him that she “all the time needed to know if killing somebody was as pleasurable as intercourse,” based on the possible trigger assertion. “Weiss additional acknowledged if she was charged with capturing Summers, she might now say her father did it as a result of he was lifeless and wouldn’t have the ability to face prosecution.”
The cousin informed police he then requested Weiss why she had shot Summers.
“He acknowledged Weiss replied that there was ‘little distinction between love and hate,’” the submitting says. “She then went on to check Summers to her older brother whom she hated.”
Weiss’ legal professional, John Schleiffarth, confirmed to The Each day Beast that Weiss is presently being held with out bond. She’s going to seem for a courtroom listening to later Friday, and Schleiffarth hopes to persuade a choose “within the close to future” to free Weiss pending trial.
In an announcement he dictated over the cellphone, Schleiffarth mentioned, “My consumer Ms. Weiss firmly maintains her innocence. The Jefferson County Prosecuting Legal professional’s Workplace selected to not file costs 17 years in the past for a purpose. I’ve each expectation that the circumstantial proof portrayed in yesterday’s uncommon and theatrical press convention will show to be deceptive.”
Schleiffarth mentioned he couldn’t touch upon Weiss’s response to the costs, nor would he describe her current frame of mind.
One girl who lives just a few doorways down from Weiss within the Shalimar Gardens improvement informed The Each day Beast that Weiss is roundly disliked by others, and recurrently sticks her nostril the place it doesn’t belong.
“She’s a ache within the ass,” the neighbor mentioned. “She’s on the board of the householders’ affiliation, and he or she continually picks on folks… I name her ‘Little Hitler.’”
The resident, a grandmother who requested that her identify not be used for worry that Weiss would come after her if she is launched on bail, recounted quite a few incidents during which Weiss, who’s listed in public information because the director, treasurer, and secretary of the Shalimar Gardens HOA, made life harder for her and others. The neighbor mentioned Weiss has known as the police on her son for parking his automobile in entrance of her home—a public highway—and has locked horns with households residing throughout the road and subsequent door.
“You’d suppose she’d keep beneath the radar if she killed any person,” mentioned the neighbor, including, “She’s not a likable particular person, let’s put it that method… She’ll argue with you concerning the shade of the sky.”
In an announcement, Schmitt mentioned, “Whereas getting the present violent crime difficulty beneath management is extremely essential, it’s additionally essential that we don’t neglect or forsake the customarily forgotten victims of violent crime whose circumstances haven’t been solved or have gone chilly. The passage of time doesn’t, in any method, diminish the significance of sure circumstances.”