WARSAW, Mo. -- A man from rural Henry County was charged on Wednesday morning for a shooting death on a county road on the Benton/Henry county line. Lonny Mays, 67, faces charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action for the death of Rudy Romdall, 66, who also lived in rural Henry County.
Mays and Romdall, as well as other people, had been involved in ongoing disputes in recent months at a nearby subdivision called Sky Village. The most recent argument was about 8 a.m. Monday over a load of gravel that was being put on some roads. Sheriff's deputies from both Benton and Henry counties were called to the scene about that argument, but a detective's report says Mays left before they arrived and wasn't seen in Sky Village the rest of the day.
The probable cause statement used as the basis of the charges says several witnesses told detectives that they saw Mays' truck next to Romdall's truck, pointed in opposite directions, at a stop sign. The witnesses said they heard two gunshots and saw Mays truck head down the road, turn around, drive back past Romdall's truck and speed away towards Warsaw.