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Norwood couple charged with murdering Caulfield woman

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 ~ Updated 2:11 PM

A Norwood couple was charged Jan. 9 with the early-morning stabbing death on Jan. 2 of Caulfield business owner Joy Dishneau, 63.

Dishneau's former employee, Elisabeth Edwina Gunter, 43, and Gunter's boyfriend, Dennis Ray Woodward, 46, were charged in Howell County Circuit Court with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, first-degree robbery and tampering with a motor vehicle.

Investigators believe Gunter and Woodward killed Dishneau and then robbed her home of more than $500 for a downpayment to buy land for themselves, according to reports.

Dishneau was found dead in her home-based business, Naturally Enchanted, on Highway 160 around 10 a.m. Jan. 2.

Gunter allegedly told investigators that Woodward stabbed Dishneau with a "dagger" and then she helped Woodward take $50 cash, a 42-inch TV, computer, digital camera and "miscellaneous junk" before leaving in Dishneau's Jeep Liberty.

Investigators found the Jeep on Jan. 3 parked along the north fork of the White River near Tecumseh and Dawt Mill in Ozark County.

Woodward told investigators that Gunter admitted to him that she stabbed Dishneau in the neck, according to reports. Woodward allegedly talked with Gunter about robbing Dishneau, before the two drove from their Norwood home to Dishneau's home late on Jan. 1 or early Jan. 2.

Dishneau moved her three-year-old business from downtown West Plains in September 2011 to her home after numerous local business owners complained to the West Plains City Council about increased vandalism and other problems they blamed on Naturally Enchanted's customers. The store sold herbs, oils, incense and fairy statues.

Naturally Enchanted also sold K-2 and Freedom, commonly referred to as "synthetic marijuana," before the herbal mixtures were declared illegal last year by the state.

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