Charges amended for man accused in Cape County shooting

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A Cape Girardeau man accused of assault and armed criminal action was arraigned Monday morning on amended charges.

Seth Summers, 32, has been held at the Cape Girardeau County Jail on a $200,000 cash bond since an Aug. 28 shooting. The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call after a man covered in blood knocked on a door in the Neelys Landing area. It was determined after officers arrived on the scene that the victim had a gunshot wound to the head.

Summers and Jimmy Ray Bell, 29, have been in custody since the incident. Investigators say they found latex gloves, bleach and a change of clothes in Summers' car, as well as texts between Summers and Bell about the assault.

Summers was arraigned on amended charges Monday. Original charges alleged Summers shot the victim in the head with the purpose of killing him, court documents say.

The amended charge says Summers knowingly caused serious injury to the victim. In addition to changing the wording of the charges, the court rescheduled Summers' pretrial hearing for July 30 and his two-day trial for Aug. 1 and 2.

"The wording doesn't amount to a hill of beans. It's the same horse, rider and saddle," said Albert Lowes, Summers' attorney.

Lowes said the charges themselves did not change. He contends Summers, Bell and the victim were drinking and the shooting was an accident.

Bell's trial in the case is scheduled to begin June 20.

Pertinent address:

100 Court St., Jackson, MO

Neelys Landing, MO

Map of pertinent addresses

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