Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson

A man accused in a central Missouri homicide remains jailed in Ozark, where he is scheduled to stand trial in April.

Jason R. Anderson, 34, is charged with first degree murder in the death of Elise’ise Q. McNeal, 34, of Columbia. Court documents link Anderson to the woman’s death with DNA evidence. However, Anderson is behind bars in Christian County and is now set to stand trial on April 29, in a separate court case.

In Christian County, Anderson faces six felony charges: first degree assault, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest. All six are felony charges.

Anderson appeared before Circuit Judge Laura Johnson for a trial setting hearing on Oct. 17. Public Defender Steven Kellogg asked that the court schedule three days for his client’s trial. Anderson has a pre-trial hearing scheduled for Nov. 28.

A Christian County sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull over Anderson’s 2000 Toyota Camry Solara at approximately 10:09 a.m. Thursday, June 14. According to a probable cause statement from the Greene County Sheriff's Office, Anderson attempted to flee from the deputy northbound on Highway 65 near State Route EE at speeds exceeding 100 mph.

The car traveled into Ozark, crossed the center median into the southbound lanes and headed back southbound. According to the probable cause statement, the chase stopped near the intersection of Highway 65 and State Route EE.

Anderson allegedly exited the car and fired on the deputy’s patrol vehicle with a .22-caliber rifle. The statement says the deputy returned fire toward the driver’s vehicle.

The probable cause statement does not indicate the number of shots fired in the exchange.

Anderson reportedly put down the rifle and ran off on foot when the deputy fired shots. The probable cause statement says Anderson was arrested after a brief foot chase.

Neither Anderson nor the deputy were struck by any gunfire.

Deputies located 53 firearms and 5,000 rounds of ammunition in the Camry, which were all reported stolen from Boone County.  The .22-caliber rifle that Anderson had reportedly fired at the Christian County deputy had a round jammed in the chamber, preventing it from firing, according to the probable cause statement.

According to a probable cause statement from the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Elise’ise Q. McNeal died of a gunshot wound to the head. She also suffered facial injuries and a gunshot wound to the torso.

The probable cause statement says deputies went to a home on West Hatton Chapel Road on June 15 to follow up on reports of stolen guns and ammunition. They found a woman’s body at the house northwest of Columbia.

The probable cause statement explains Anderson’s arrest in Christian County on June 14, and states that some of the firearms and ammunition recovered in Anderson’s vehicle on U.S. Highway 65 match the descriptions of guns and ammunition reported stolen in Boone County.

Anderson was charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action in Boone County on Aug. 16. He remains behind bars without bond in Christian County.

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