67-year-old Missouri man pleads guilty to killing daughter's boyfriend

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 | 10:10 a.m. CST; updated 10:39 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 20, 2009

TROY — An eastern Missouri man pleaded guilty to the December 2005 shooting death of his daughter's boyfriend in a dispute over $83 worth of scrap metal.

Oscar Walton Jr., 67, of Moscow Mills was to have gone on trial Tuesday in Lincoln County District Court. But on Monday he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder and armed criminal action. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Walton was originally charged with first-degree murder in the death of 31-year-old Michael Summers of Silex. The two men were loading scrap metal onto trailers and got into an argument over how much money was involved.

Prosecutors said Walton believed Summers had cheated him out of $83 in a previous scrap metal transaction, and opened fire with a shotgun he retrieved from his nearby home.

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.