Charges filed in double murder, attempted murder cases
Formal charges have been filed in Saline County Circuit Court for a double murder case.
Luke Talbert, 29, of Benton, is facing two Class Y felonies for capital murder in connection with the deaths of Talbert’s brother and sister-in-law.
According to court documents that were filed last week, Benton officers responded Oct. 29 to a residence on Freeman Street for a reported shooting.
Officers reportedly located Mark Talbert, 26, and Meagan Talbert, 23, in the living room. Both victims died as a result of gunshot wounds.
Luke Talbert, who was in the front yard of the residence, was detained by officers.
“Luke Talbert confessed to shooting his brother and sisterin-law with a shotgun following a physical fight with Mark,” according to the affidavit.
Since he was not given a bond, Talbert is still being held in the Saline County Detention Center.
Charges were also recently filed for an unrelated attempted murder case.
Jerred Wootten, 33, is facing a Class A felony after he allegedly hit a man in the head several times with a bat.
After receiving a report of the incident, detectives responded to Saline Memorial Hospital where the victim was undergoing treatment.
The victim had “suffered several skull fractures and brain bleed as a result of blunt force trauma … the victim appeared to have two lacerations to his head as a result of the blunt force trauma. One I observed a laceration along (the victim’s) forehead extending into the hairline above his right eyebrow. I observed a laceration toward the crown of (the victim’s) head above his right ear. (The victim’s) eyes appeared swollen and discolored to a shade of purple,” according to a Saline County Sheriff’s Office affidavit.
The incident reportedly occurred on East Second Street in Traskwood.
Witnesses allegedly told police that Wootten struck the victim with a baseball bat “two to three times,” according to court documents.
“The witness explained Mr. Wootten approached (the victim) from behind. Mr. Wooten was said to have taken a photograph of the resulting blunt force trauma via (the victim’s) phone and disseminated the photograph,” according to the affidavit.
Wootten also still being held in the Saline County Detention Center.