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  • Accused murderer undergoes mental exam

  • A man accused of two counts of second degree murder and armed criminal action in Morgan County will be undergoing a mental exam.
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  • A man accused of two counts of second degree murder and armed criminal action in Morgan County will be undergoing a mental exam.
    Derrell Spellmeyer of Eldon was charged in the shooting deaths of Freddie and Carol Wilson of Versailles.
    The court approved the defense request for a mental exam at a hearing in Versailles May 10. The exam was ordered to be done at Fulton State Hospital.
    Another hearing in the case will not be set until the exam is done and results are back. That could be within 60 days or longer.
    Spellmeyer, 43, was arrested along with Garland Mitchell, 45, and Mandy Mitchell, 28, near the Wilson's home on Dorsey Lane south of Versailles on Feb. 4 shortly after a 911 call from Carol Wilson reporting that she had been shot.
    According to the probable cause statement issued by the Morgan County Sheriff's Department, a white van with Spellmeyer and Garland and Mandy Mitchell inside swerved and hit a patrol car as it responded to the call.
    The trio were taken into custody at the scene of the crash where officers also reportedly recovered a .32 caliber hand gun, a bottle of Hydrocodone belong to Carol Wilson and a .32 caliber casing. Officers also reported blood on Spellmeyer's hands and clothing.
    In a later interview with detectives, court documents state that Spellmeyer admitted to shooting the gun and inflicting knife wounds on Freddie Wilson, telling officers "they made me do it."
    Court documents also state that the Mitchells told detectives that they drove Spellmeyer to the Wilson residence to obtain drugs. Although they did not enter the home, the Mitchells recalled hearing gunshots a short time later, according to the probable cause statement.
    All three then fled the scene in the van before encountering officers.
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