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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Trenton man charged in death

  • A Trenton, Mo., man has been charged with murdering a business associate and dumping his body into a pond.
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  • A Trenton, Mo., man has been charged with murdering a business associate and dumping his body into a pond.
    Jameson Read, 24, was arrested following a missing person's incident on the evening of Friday, July 5. During the investigation, the Trenton Police Department determined Read had shot 54-year-old John Vencil numerous times while the two were at Read's home in the 2300 block of Speedway.
    Police Chief Tommy Wright alleges Read then drove to rural Sullivan County before dumping the victim and the vehicle in a small farming pond. On Saturday, July 6, officers recovered the vehicle from the pond with Vencil's body inside.
    Read remains in custody at the Grundy County Jail on a warrant for second-degree murder with no bond.
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