Stover man arrested in deaths of two seniors

December 8, 2012

A Stover man has been arrested in connection with the slayings of two elderly residents who were found dead in their home Tuesday.

Ronald J. Blowers, 25, is being held on a $1 million bond at the Morgan County Jail on two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action and burglary after admitting to police officers he was in their home at the time of the homicides.

According to reports, Mable Wells, 71, and Wayne Wells, 82, were found by a neighbor Tuesday morning in their home in the 34000 block of Oak Hill Road. An autopsy confirmed the couple died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head sometime between 5 and 9 p.m. Monday.

Around 6 p.m. Monday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol received a report of a rollover accident at Ivy Bend Road near the scene of the homicide involving Blowers, who was driving a red Ford Explorer. Neighbors reported seeing a vehicle matching the SUV’s description fleeing the scene of the homicide.

When officers attempted to contact Blowers at his residence Tuesday night, he “brandished a knife at them while in his driveway and began stabbing himself repeatedly in the stomach,” the probable cause statement reports.

Blowers told officers, “I did not mean to do it,” then fled the scene and led law enforcement on a foot pursuit.

“During the incident, Blowers refused to drop the knife and continued to stab himself in the stomach and neck,” the probable cause statement reads. “He spontaneously denied killing ‘those people.’ He was eventually taken into custody and transported to a local hospital.”

During an interview with officers on Thursday, Blowers admitted to using a pipe, knife and screwdriver to inflict injuries on the victims.