Seneca woman charged with murder, claims man attacked her


SENECA, Mo. (KSNF) – A Seneca woman is charged in the shooting death of 45-year-old David Wesley Stotts.

It happened Thursday morning at 3966 Kentucky Road in Newton County.

62-year-old Susette Anderson is charged with Murder in the First Degree and Armed Criminal Action.

According to a probable cause affidavit, a witness says they heard something loud inside the home “like she (Anderson) was in distress” before hearing several gunshots.

The witness says Anderson then walked out and told them that she shot “him.”

Anderson told detectives she saw Stotts in a field next to a trailer and Winnebago. She claimed to have bought a trailer from Stotts, but thought he was stealing it.

She told detectives she confronted Stotts and that he attacked her.

Anderson also admitted to shooting Stotts a second time while he was on the ground.

She is being held on no bond.

Susette Anderson (62)

The charges contained in the complaints against the defendants are simply accusations and not
evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting these charged must be presented to a jury of the
defendants’ peers, and all criminal defendants are innocent unless and until proven guilty in a
court of law. This case was investigated by members of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, the
case will be prosecuted by the Newton County Prosecutor’s Office.

Office of the Newton County Prosecuting Attorney William Lynch

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