Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man Killed in O'Fallon, Mo., amid Reported Burglary at Home Owned by Pamela Hupp

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man Killed in O'Fallon, Mo., amid Reported Burglary at Home Owned by Pamela Hupp

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O'FALLON, Mo. * Officers called to a reported burglary in progress in O'Fallon Tuesday found a man shot to death by a female resident at a home owned by Pamela Hupp, a central figure in a high- profile Lincoln County murder case.

Police said officers were dispatched about 12:10 p.m. to a home in the 1200 block of Little Brave Drive. In a news release, police said a woman living there "had a confrontation with a male subject inside the house" and that it appeared that the woman had shot the man, who was dead at the scene.

Police Chief Roy Joachimstaler said Tuesday evening that police got two calls, first that a burglary was in progress and then that a person had been shot.

Joachimstaler said police had not determined the identity of the dead man, who he said appeared to be in his 30s.

He would not identify the shooter or comment on whether Hupp was involved.

"I just don't want to jeopardize a case that could be going into court," Joachimstaler told reporters outside the home.

He said the woman who shot the man is cooperating with investigators.

The woman said she was in her car in her driveway when the man, whom she did not know, approached her, the chief said.

"There was some sort of confrontation there," Joachimstaler said. "She ran into the house and he followed her."

Both were inside the house when the woman shot the man with a handgun, he said. That gun was the only weapon recovered, he said.

Court records and records from the assessor's office show that the house is owned by Pamela and Mark Hupp.

Pamela Hupp was a central figure in the investigation of the 2011 fatal stabbing of Elizabeth "Betsy" Faria outside Troy, Mo., and a key witness in the prosecution of Faria's husband, Russell Faria.

Faria was convicted by a jury in 2013 of first-degree murder and armed criminal action, but that conviction was later reversed and Faria was acquitted by a judge in 2015. …

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