Morris A. McCabe’s girlfriend described him as “very obsessive and jealous” in court documents released this week.
The girlfriend, who has also been previously romantically involved with one of the deceased, Donald “Fido” Meyers, 53, said McCabe, 51, of Lebanon, had assaulted her less than a week before the triple homicide and threatened to “kill her children” if she broke up with him.
The Laclede County Sheriff’s Office told investigators that the the girlfriend had called Nov. 28 to report an assault by McCabe, but later recanted her statement and denied the incident.
McCabe has been charged with three counts of first degree murder and three counts of armed criminal action in the shooting deaths of Meyers, Donald “Rooster” Young, 45, and Sally Amos, 46, at Meyers’ Stoutland mobile home.
The three deceased were found Friday morning. McCabe was arrested and charged over the weekend.
Past reports in the Lake Sun show McCabe was released from a 30-year prison sentence just nine months earlier in the shooting death of a Lebanon man in 1979.
A hearing to determine who will represent a McCabe is scheduled for Thursday in Camden County.
A probable cause statement said McCabe had contacted the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office Friday, Dec. 3, after receiving a call from a former girlfriend accusing him of “killing her two friends,” to “find out what was going on and if law enforcement officials wanted to talk to him.”
McCabe told authorities he spent Thursday, Dec. 2, driving from a friend’s home in Lebanon to the home of his ex-girlfriend near Stoutland, twice. He said he went to the ex-girlfriend’s house once in the morning to check on the house and get the mail, and then again between 5 and 6 p.m. to check the house and horses. McCabe said he arrived back in Lebanon about 8:15 or 8:30 p.m., but could not account for his whereabouts between the time he left Stoutland and arrived in Lebanon.
Meyers’ next door neighbor said she was texting with Meyers Thursday night. The last message she received on her cell phone from him was at 7:57 p.m. The neighbor said her brother had been in Meyers’ house sometime between 6-7 p.m. that night with Meyers, Amos and Young.
The girlfriend said she spoke with McCabe on the phone on Dec. 2, where she told McCabe not to go to her house or get her mail anymore. She said she told him “Don Meyers took care of that,” to which he replied, “‘No, he’s not taking care of anything anymore. I’ll see to that.’”
Another witness, David Prater, said McCabe had visited his residence repeatedly over the past month and a half asking to borrow a gun. Prater said he refused each time. The statement said McCabe told Prater that if he loaned him a gun and if he did something bad with that gun, he would throw it in the river or in Lake of the Ozarks.
Page 2 of 2 - On Dec. 1, Prater said McCabe stopped by once more insisting that he loan him a gun, saying it was “very important that he have a gun that night.” It was that day the Prater saw McCabe looking at a Highpoint brand 9 mm carbine-type rifle and “specifically asked to borrow that rifle.” He also asked how many rounds the rifle held. Prater replied seven, and again refused to loan out the gun. McCabe then left the house and Prater left for Bolivar.
While en route, McCabe called Prater to tell him someone had kicked in the door of his house. Prater met McCabe at his residence and found the door had been forced open. The only item that was missing was the 9 mm rifle Prater said McCabe had been looking at earlier.
Prater said while at his house, McCabe picked up a full box of 9 mm ammunition, opened the box and was seen handling several shells before replacing the ammunition and setting the box back down. The witness’ step-son said he also saw this. Later, Prater discovered seven live rounds missing from the box. He turned the ammunication box over to the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 3.
Prater told McCabe he was going to report the gun as stolen to the police, to which, he said, McCabe “pleaded” with him not to report it stolen. After Prater reaffirmed he was going to report the theft, McCabe left “in a hurry.”
Investigators at the crime scene said they found seven expended 9 mm shell casings inside the residence.
The markings on these seven cases matched those of the unexpended rounds found in the box that was handed over to police.