The man charged with illegal possession of a firearm in the shooting of a Linn Creek man in August is representing himself and making some interesting requests from Camden County Circuit Court.

The man charged with illegal possession of a firearm in the shooting of a Linn Creek man in August is representing himself and making some interesting requests from Camden County Circuit Court. 

Thirty-two-year-old Dustin S. Burkhart was charged in the shooting of Joseph W. Beeman at his residence on Aug. 10, 2016, but only for unlawful possession of a firearm. Burkhart has been in custody since that day on a probation violation warrant. 

In September, defense attorney Austin James Smith filed a motion of withdrawal of counsel and a week later Burkhart began petitioning the court for several requests, representing himself in the case. Judge Aaron Koeppen was originally scheduled, but a change of judge was granted to Burkhart. Judge Matthew Phillip Hamner was assigned to the case, but recused himself. Judge Steve Jackson has now been assigned and scheduled a motion hearing for Oct. 24 followed by a preliminary hearing on Nov. 7. 

Burkhart claims that his Second and Sixth Amendment rights have been violated by the Camden and Morgan county court systems. In handwritten requests from his jail cell, Burkhart has requested the court to remove the limit of jail forms allowed per day, requested the court provide him with acceptable courtroom attire as to not adversely influence any judges or jury, reduce his bond amount and supply dozens of pieces of evidence. 

The evidence request includes autopsy and toxicology reports of Beeman, Camden County, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Camdenton police dash-cam and body-cam footage and policies and investigation notes and documents, Burkhart’s entire jail and criminal record and the year the Heritage Rough Rider .22 gun was manufactured as well as Missouri’s legal definition of an antique firearm. 

Burkhart was charged on Aug. 15, 2016 with two counts of the Class C Felony of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Burkhart’s status as a convicted felon prohibits him from possessing a firearm under Missouri state statute and federal law. 

He was assigned a $15,000 cash bond on the charges, but remains in custody without bond on the probation violation. 

The charge came after Beeman died on Aug. 14, 2016 of injuries sustained in the shooting. Beeman had been airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia in the immediate aftermath of the early morning shooting that occurred four days prior. 

According to police, Beeman was shot at least twice during a confrontation with Burkhart at Burkhart’s residence. Camden County deputies responded to the scene around 3 a.m. Aug.10. 

Burkhart has told police that Beeman, a Linn Creek resident, showed up at his residence in the Decaturville area with a gun in the early morning hours of Aug. 10, demanding a female subject there leave with him. The female refused and Burkhart retrieved his own firearm from the residence. 

Burkhart said he told Beeman to leave at which time Beeman fired the gun at Burkhart. Burkhart said he then returned fire, striking Beeman at least twice before calling 911 and requesting medical assistance.

Neither Burkhart nor the female subject was injured during the incident.

Detectives served a search warrant at Burkhart’s residence on the afternoon of Aug. 10, recovering the firearm believed to be used in the shooting and several items of drug paraphernalia.

There is no word at this time how the circuit courts will handle Burkhart’s requests.