CARTER COUNTY -- For the second time charges have been dropped against the wife of the man accused of killing Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Dewayne Graham.
Coree Shockley, 23, of Van Buren was charged in April with tampering with evidence in the case. She was being investigated for removing ammunition from her home shortly after her husband, Lance Shockley, allegedly shot and killed Graham.
Lance Shockley, 28, is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.
On June 6, Special Prosecutor Steven Lynxwiller dismissed the assault charge against Coree Shockley and then on June 13 he dismissed the tampering charge.
Michael Ligons, Carter County prosecuting attorney, said the decision to drop the charges were mostly strategic. He said Coree Shockley's case involved evidence that will be needed in the murder case and he wanted to make sure it was protected for the more serious charges. He said it would be decided at some other time if the charges would be refiled.
The case has ties to Oregon County. Graham, 37, was found dead March 20 in the driveway of his home in Carter County. The slain trooper's former in-laws live in the Gatewood community.