A Branson woman facing first-degree murder charges has also been charged with drug possession in an unrelated case.
Shaddox was stopped Sept. 10 by a Missouri Highway Patrolman when the trooper saw a brown 1995 Buick LeSabre with an expired Arkansas registration fail to signal when changing lanes near the Missouri 248 overpass across U.S. 65.
The trooper initiated a traffic stop when Shaddox pulled up to the gas pumps at Rapid Roberts on Branson Landing Boulevard, according to a probable cause statement from the patrol.
Court records show that trooper told Shaddox why he had stopped her and asked her to sit in the front passenger seat of his patrol car. The trooper asked Shaddox if she had any cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, paraphernalia or pills that weren’t prescribed to her and she stated that she did not.
According to the report, the trooper asked if he could search Shaddox’ vehicle and her purse that was on top of the trunk of her vehicle, and she said he could.
According to court documents, while searching Shaddox’ purse the trooper found a plastic dugout, disguised as dental floss, containing marijuana residue. The dugout also contained a metallic pipe that had burnt marijuana residue.
Continuing to search Shaddox’ purse, the trooper found a metal spoon with white residue in the bowl of the spoon. When asked what it was Shaddox told the trooper it was morphine. The trooper found an empty square jewelry box in Shaddox’ purse. Underneath the liner he found a bag of what appeared to be methamphetamine.
Court records show when the trooper found the methamphetamine, Shaddox said, “I forgot that was in there. I’ve been looking for that.”
The report states Shaddox was taken to the Taney County Jail where she was processed and released pending the filing of formal charges with the Taney County prosecutor’s office. Those charges were filed Nov. 19, three days after she was charged with abandonment of a corpse.
Shaddox was arrested Nov. 14 in connection with the death of Larry Adams, 72, of Hollister, who was found dead in a car at 330 Hamilton Drive, Walnut Shade. Shaddox is accused of six felonies connected to the death of Adams, including first degree murder, first-degree assault, armed criminal action, kidnapping, felonious restraint, forgery and abandonment of a corpse.
A Highlandville man, Mark T. Bailey, 52, has also been arrested in that case and faces first-degree murder, first-degree assault, armed criminal action, kidnapping and felonious restraint charges.