NEOSHO, Mo. -- The Newton County prosecuting attorney charged a man on Thursday for the shooting death of a well known businessman from McDonald County on Tuesday night. Danny Thomas, 61, is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.
Law officers found the body of Darrell Bone, 58, of Rocky Comfort on Wednesday morning in the backyard of a home on Highway O near Stella that he rented to Thomas. Officers arrested Thomas after he told a friend about the shooting and the friend called police.
Bone was a well-known businessman in the Rogers and Pea Ridge area of northwest Arkansas. Officers at the scene said the body had two gunshot wounds to the face and one gunshot wound to the center of the back.
Thomas told detectives that Bone went to his home about 9 p.m. Tuesday and beat loudly on the door. Thomas said he opened the door and Bone threatened to kill him. Bone said he shut the door and went to another room to get a rifle.