Affidavits allege that Laurin has admitted his and Winans’ involvement in the slayings. There is no indication of any confession on the part of Winans.
The sheriff indicated that the murder weapon has yet to be recovered. He said it still might be located, but the length of time that has passed since the slayings may make that difficult. Dunn said there are detectives still working leads, particularly in the Springfield area. The sheriff declined to say if there was any DNA evidence in the case.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Probable cause statement- Laurin admitted he and Winans killed Sheldons
Probable cause statements filed in Jasper County Circuit Court indicate Matthew Laurins, 19, Springfield, admitted that he and Darren Winans, 21, Jasper, murdered Bob and Ellen Sheldon, owners of the Old Cabin Shop in Carthage in October 2008. An article written by Jeff Lehr and Derek Spellman and posted on the Joplin Globe website includes links to those probable cause statements: