ELLINGTON, Mo. – A south Missouri prosecutor will seek the death penalty against two men accused of killing an elderly couple during a robbery, ” he said Monday.
Timothy Callahan, 44, of Farmington, Missouri, and David Young, 67, of Ironton, Missouri, were arrested Saturday without incident in a motel in Deerfield Township, Ohio, near Cincinnati. Both were charged with two counts each of first-degree murder.
Reynolds County, Missouri, prosecutor Michael Randazzo said in an interview with The Associated Press that he will file additional charges of armed criminal action, robbery, and assault against both men, who are jailed without bond in Ohio awaiting extradition. Randazzo said that there is evidence the crime was premeditated and he planned to pursue the death penalty.
The men are accused in the shooting of the 86-year-old James Nance, his 72-year-old wife, Janet, and a 73-year-old friend of the family on Oct. 18 on the Nancial house in the near Ellington, Missouri, approximately 125 miles southwest of St. Louis. The third victim was shot twice in the head, but survived.
The young was on probation after pleading guilty in 2016 to financial exploitation of the elderly or the disabled in Pulaski County, according to Missouri Case Net, the state’s online court reporting system. He was arrested in September and charged with scamming an elderly couple out of thousands of dollars by convincing them to write multiple checks for the same job painting their barn.
“He would drive around looking for decent looking homes, older couples, and try to do work for them,” Randazzo said.
The authorities believe that the men originally planned a similar scam on the public Finances. Randazzo said that it seemed that they had contacted the couple about doing in their house, but eventually decided to instead rob James Nance.
Randazzo, said the robbery was in progress when Janet Nancial and her friend returned home from a day of shopping, and against the shooters.