June 10, 2008

Memphis Man Facing Murder Charge Following Shooting Near Gorin

A Memphis man is being held on $1 million bond after being arraigned June 10 on one count of class A felony murder in the first degree and one count of felony armed criminal action.

Michael Jonathan Mutchler, 21, of Memphis, appeared before Judge Karl DeMarce at 2:30 p.m. June 10th on the third floor of the Scotland County Courthouse.

Mutchler was arrested June 8th in rural Scotland County following the investigation of a shooting at the Russell Heck residence located off Route U between Memphis and Gorin. Mutchler was originally held on an outstanding warrant before officially being charged with the murder on June 10th.

Local law enforcement officers responded to Rural Route 1, Box 95, Gorin after a call was received at 1:26 a.m. reporting a body being found in the yard.

Joseph D. Alvey, 33, of Wyaconda was located in the front yard of the residence. Scotland County Coroner Ginny Monroe pronounced Alvey dead at the scene at 1:50 a.m.

An autopsy performed at the University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia on June 9th determined Alvey died as the result of multiple gunshot wounds.

The shooting incident allegedly occurred following a pair of altercations outside of the residence involving Alvey and his girlfriend.

The first altercation reportedly was halted after a firearm was discharged into the air by the property owner.

But the parties reemerged from the home during a second altercation between Alvey and his companion, at which time Mutchler allegedly fired several rounds at Alvey from a .22 rifle.

Mutchler and other guests at the home reportedly re-entered the residence at this time before one individual left the house 20 to 30 minutes following the shooting and reportedly found Alvey lying unresponsive in the yard, prompting the 911 call.

The case is being investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control, the Scotland County Sheriff's Department and the Scotland County Coroner's Office.

The charges for which the individual has been arrested are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

Following the autopsy Monday, Alvey's body was taken to Gerth Funeral Service in Memphis. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday for the victim.

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