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Accused shooter released on bond

Friday, June 1, 2007

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"Bob" Eldridge is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action.
SIKESTON -- A Sikeston man charged with killing another last weekend has been released from jail.

According to jail officials, Robert "Bob" Glen Eldridge, 45, was released from the Scott County Jail Wednesday. He had been held there under $500,000 bond after being charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action.

More details have emerged on the fatal shooting of Roger L. Winfield in Sikeston.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Winfield, who was also known as Robert Williams, died as a result of being shot in the back which caused a fatal wound to his heart area, autopsy results revealed. The Eldridge was found to be legally intoxicated following the shooting.

According to an affidavit signed by Det. John Blakely of the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, Eldridge repeatedly said he killed the victim and claimed he was defending himself when he shot him.

Eldridge, who said he first met the victim he knew only as "Roger" when he paid him to paint his home's foundation.

Eldridge said after they had been drinking alcohol together at his home, located at 707 Taylor St., he noticed Winfield had been gone a long time after going to use the bathroom. He then found the victim outside with two of his shotguns on a bike so he went inside to get a stainless steel .25 caliber pistol he kept under his mattress. He claimed as they began to fight over the shotguns, the victim reached into his pocket and that he felt the victim's gun so he pulled his own out and fired one shot.

Based on evidence at the scene, however, officials determined three shots were fired from the .25 caliber pistol: one inside the residence toward the upper area of the back door; one believed to have hit a house across the street; and the fatal shot. One empty casing was found in Eldridge's home and two were found outside.

Eldridge also was unable to explain how the shotguns ended up back inside the home where they were located by responding officers.

Based on the body's position, it was determined Winfield was standing when he was shot. DPS officials said several guns were found on the property and all were sent to the crime lab to be tested.

If convicted, Eldridge faces life imprisonment without possibility of parole for the murder charge and a minimum of three years in prison for the armed criminal action charge.