WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- Two people who were arrested on Monday after a murder investigation in Caulfield were charged on Tuesday. Elisabeth Gunter, 43, and Dennis Woodward, 46, both of Norwood, are charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, first-degree robbgery, and tampering with a motor vehicle. A judge set bonds at $2.5 million.
Investigators believe Gunter and Woodward robbed and killed Joy Dishneau, 63, at Dishneau's home in Caulfield on Jan. 2. Dishneau ran a home-based business called Naturally Enchanted.
Woodward appeared in Howell County Court Tuesday afternoon. Gunter was arrested near Taylorville, Ill., by the Christian County (Ill.) Sheriff's Dept. She appeared in court there and waived her right to extradition proceedings, allowing law enforcement officers bring her back to West Plains. Her mug shot is from Illinois.
Probable cause statements used as the basis of the charges show Gunter and Woodward admitted to investigators that they went to Dishneau's home to rob her. They each accuse the other of killing Dishneau with a dagger. The probable cause statement says Gunter helped Dishneau run her store, which was once in West Plains. Howell County Sheriff Mike Shannon says Woodward is also one of Dishneau's former employees.