Relatives say a suburban St. Louis woman began dating the man charged with killing her, along with her two children and mother, after her husband died of cancer.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 46-year-old Richard Darren Emery of St. Charles, Missouri, is facing 15 charges , including first-degree murder, in the deaths of 39-year-old Kate Kasten, 8-year-old Zoe Kasten, 10-year-old Jonathan Kasten and 61-year-old Jane Moeckel. Emery was captured Friday after exchanging gunfire with officers.
Kate Kasten’s husband, Kory Kasten, died in April 2017 after a six-year battle with cancer.
Kate Kasten’s father, Frederick Moeckel, says what happened is “beyond belief.” He says his grandchildren “loved” Emery. His ex-wife, Jane Moeckel, had been staying with her daughter because she was recovering from hip surgery.
Prosecutors say a St. Louis-area man charged with fatally shooting his girlfriend, her two young children and her mother could face the death penalty once the investigation is complete.
Source: The Associated Press