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Dexter man arrested following shooting incident

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

James Payne
DEXTER, Mo. -- A Dexter man is behind bars today following his alleged role in a string of crimes that culminated with a shooting outside of a Dexter factory.

Arrested was James Eli Payne, 49. He is charged with the Class C felony of tampering in the first degree, the Class B felony of burglary in the first degree, the Class C felony of stealing (three counts), the Class A felony of robbery in the first degree, the Class A felony of armed criminal action (two counts), the Class C felony of assault in the second degree, the Class B felony of assault in the first degree and the Class D felony of unlawful use of a weapon.

The warrant states Payne was issued no bond because he is believed to be a danger to himself and the community.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Dexter Police Department Det. Lt. Trevor Pulley, at 3:03 a.m. Monday officers received a call to Tyson Foods at 1001 E. Stoddard in regard to a subject pointing a weapon at someone.

"While en route, a second caller reported the subject had discharged the firearm," the report states. It goes on to say that the suspect was described as a tall white male wearing a red shirt, gray shorts, with a pony tail. The caller also stated the suspect fled the scene traveling south on Winston Street.

The suspect was quickly located approximately two blocks from the scene and was arrested without incident. A semi-automatic .380-caliber handgun was found in his possession.

Two victims, a male and a female, were then located at the Tyson plant.

According to the female victim, she pulled into the parking lot at Tyson and the suspect walked up to her driver's window and tapped on it with a gun telling her to get out.

"When she refused to get out of the vehicle, the suspect opened the door and threw her to the ground. The suspect threatened her and jumped in her vehicle. While in the vehicle, the suspect threatened her again and tried to take off," the affidavit states.

"While in the vehicle, the suspect used a weapon to threaten a male victim who was also in the car. The male victim began to wrestle with Payne over the firearm. While wrestling, the weapon discharged inside the vehicle."

The male victim later identified Payne as the subject who pointed the firearm at him and discharged it inside the vehicle.

Also located at the scene was another vehicle that had been reported stolen from a residence in Dexter. The firearm found on Payne was reportedly stolen from inside the residence where the vehicle was taken.

The owner of the residence verified the weapon and the vehicle, Pulley said.

Payne is also charged with stealing a DVD player and discs valued in excess of $500. He also allegedly broke into a vehicle outside of Golden Living Center-Dexter.

Pulley stated in a Monday interview that there was no connection at all between the victims and Payne.

Pulley acknowledged that the suspect "appeared very impaired." It was not stated whether the intoxication was believed to be due to drugs or alcohol.

Payne will appear for arraignment before Judge Joe Satterfield Thursday morning.

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Well, this guy is the best I've seen yet...

-- Posted by Cape's Advocate on Tue, Apr 27, 2010, at 2:56 PM

Nice pic.....Howling with Wolf-man Jack.

-- Posted by USAFGuy on Tue, Apr 27, 2010, at 3:27 PM

Ok....as many funny comments about this picture in 30 seconds.....and.....Go!!

-- Posted by USAFGuy on Tue, Apr 27, 2010, at 3:28 PM

I think the comments should be directed towards the person whose job it is to take the pictures. Sure, this is no prize subject, but, come on, take a second shot and make the _ _ _ look into the camera!

-- Posted by sayswho? on Tue, Apr 27, 2010, at 3:34 PM

He looks ready for the water boarding to begin.

-- Posted by gman on Tue, Apr 27, 2010, at 3:40 PM

I'm trying to think of something good but "howling wolf" is hard to beat

-- Posted by elcodirksfan on Tue, Apr 27, 2010, at 4:06 PM

I think he was in the middle of a "Oh Lord get me out of this mess and I will never drink again" stupor when the picture was taken.

Perhaps a 5 X 7 and a few wallet sized prints for the friends and family is in order.

-- Posted by high yella on Tue, Apr 27, 2010, at 4:13 PM

Ever since Rudolph got Santa hooked on meth he's gone to heck in a hand basket.

-- Posted by grandma73 on Tue, Apr 27, 2010, at 5:14 PM

Looks like he was about to sneeze. 0_o

-- Posted by xXAngelicEvilXx on Tue, Apr 27, 2010, at 7:33 PM

The pose for his picture could have been corrected with one jab in the belly with a night stick.

-- Posted by mo_ky_fellow on Tue, Apr 27, 2010, at 8:46 PM

Looks like he was getting ready to hawk a loogie...

-- Posted by Hot Dog on Tue, Apr 27, 2010, at 9:14 PM

Oh Sole Mio....

-- Posted by Catbert on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 12:00 AM


-- Posted by Jim P on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 10:16 AM

I think the comments should be directed towards the person whose job it is to take the pictures. Sure, this is no prize subject, but, come on, take a second shot

-- Posted by sayswho? on Tue, Apr 27, 2010, at 3:34 PM

This could have been the "good" pic

-- Posted by Producer1 on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 11:23 AM

"No Mr. Payne, the birdie is right here...not up there."

-- Posted by USAFGuy on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 12:26 PM

Hello I would like to say something to all the people who have had a fun time commenting on my brothers picture. First off-(and I'm not taking what my brother lightly)!!! What he did was wrong and he will have to pay a price for what he did! But unless you know the circumstances surrounding the incident (which u dont)i suggest you shut up!!! You do not know my brother or the fact that he was very much messed up on METH when all this happened! The picture does not reflect who my brother really is and you do not know the circumstances that led to this problem! In fact I bet there are those of you who know someone who has been affected by METH! The person in that picture was not the person i have known for 41 years. I know poeple are gonna talk and make jokes at his expence but you also need to realize that this is no laughing matter or the way this has effected my family!!! So before you make anymore comments or jokes about his picture wont you take minute and think about that!!!

-- Posted by Payne on Thu, Apr 29, 2010, at 2:09 PM

Payne, you're not the only person who has a brother or other relative on meth. Personally, I have lost my patiece with these fools. If your're looking for sympathy, you better check the dictionary between **** and syphilis, because you won't find it here.

-- Posted by CapeRN on Fri, Apr 30, 2010, at 7:15 AM

In the words of the great Rick James,"cocaine is a hell of a drug".

-- Posted by Semopupil on Fri, Apr 30, 2010, at 9:27 AM

payne: are you the one that got him started on meth?you have known him for 41yrs. you must be older.

i to have kin that got on drugs but,thank goodness they had the ability to STOP USING,ALSO THEY ALL WORKED TO SUPPORT THEIR HABIT NOT TRY TO get it for free by robbing some one!!

-- Posted by gussedup on Wed, Sep 29, 2010, at 11:33 AM

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