Missouri man charged with helping to move dismembered body

AP News
Posted: Sep 08, 2017 11:51 AM

ROCKY MOUNT, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man has been charged with moving the dismembered body of his terminally ill friend's common-law wife stuffed inside a 55-gallon (208-liter) drum.

Forty-four-year-old Darrell Willis was charged Thursday with abandonment of a corpse and evidence tampering. online court records don't list Willis' attorney.

Court documents say Willis told detectives that Charles Steven Swon confessed in May 2016 to killing 44-year-old Joanna Anderson in a domestic dispute in Rocky Mount. Willis says Swon said he didn't want to spend his final days in jail and paid Willis $2,000 to help move the drum containing Anderson's body to nearby woods. Swon died in July.

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Court documents say Willis led detectives to the drum and identified the contents as Anderson.

Rocky Mount is 115 miles (185 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City.