Homicide Investigation

Michael A. Nugent, 22, of Summersville.

Sheriff Scott K. Lindsey
   On Oct. 10, at approximately 7:12 a.m., the Texas County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a male subject lying at the intersection of Hwy. 17 and Rte. W in the Midvale area. The reporting party stated the male appeared to have a gunshot wound. Texas County deputies, Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers, and Summersville Fire Department personnel arrived at the scene. The victim was able to provide information to first responders about the incident and then was transported by ambulance. The victim, Crue D. Ridenoure, age 30, of Willow Springs, was later pronounced deceased at Texas County Memorial Hospital.  
   Texas County deputies, assisted by Missouri State Highway Patrol investigators, initiated an investigation. Information developed during the investigation led officers to search for a suspect. The Missouri State Highway Patrol located Michael A. Nugent in Howell County and took him into custody. Nugent was later transported to the Texas County Jail. Michael A. Nugent, age 22, of Summersville, was charged with Murder First Degree and Armed Criminal Action by Asst. Texas County Prosecuting Attorney Jason Macpherson. Nugent is being held without bond.     
   Sheriff Scott Lindsey’s comments, “This crime involved two individuals that were known to each other. There are likely multiple reasons that led the suspect to seek a violent confrontation with the victim. The information developed during the investigation supports the charge of Murder First Degree with deliberation alleging that Michael Nugent fatally shot the victim.  The loss of a life is a tragic event, I am grateful for the assistance of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and other local law enforcement agencies in assisting to locate the suspect and quickly apprehend him.” 
   The investigation into this incident is continuing and anyone that traveled near the intersection of Hwy. 17 and Rte. W that observed any people or activity prior to the arrival of law enforcement are asked to contact the Texas County Sheriff’s Office at (417) 967-4165.             

   The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.



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