Arrest Made in Murder and Assault in Callaway County

Posted by Warren Krech on September 3, 2013

A man is in custody for a Callaway County murder and assault.

Jake Gastler told authorities he found his neighbors lying on the floor covered in blood at about 1:00 a.m Saturday on Blue Ridge Road near Auxvasse.

When deputies got to the home, they discovered the body of 30-year-old Zachery O’Connor. His father, 57-year-old Michael O’Connor, was found in critical condition and flown to a hospital.

Gastler told authorities he had found the two on the floor, but his story didn’t match the evidence collected. Gastler is now charged with the murder of Zachery O’Connor, and assault on his father. He’s in jail on a $700,000 bond.

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