MARSHFIELD, Mo. -- The Webster County prosecuting attorney dropped a murder charge against one of three men charged with killing a man from Springfield a year ago. Alfred Clevenger of Rogersville is now charged with abandonment of a corpse and two counts of tampering with evidence but no longer is charged with second-degree murder.
Someone shot Billy Harris and hid his body in a wooded area near Rogersville last January. Investigators were told Dewayne Layton shot Harris in the face during a dispute over a truck. They believe Clevenger and Kevin Layton were present, as well as a woman who was kept against her will and threatened to be shot, at the murder at the Laytons’ home on Corner Road near Rogersville.
After the murder, detectives were told, the men moved the body, buried the .22-caliber handgun at a cemetery in Christian County, and burned some of the bloody evidence from the home, including a mattress and carpeting. All three men were charged last February. Dewayne Layton fled to Arizona, where he was arrested in May.