A trial date has been set for the accused murderer of an elderly couple in the Ivy Bend area of Morgan County.

A trial date has been set for the accused murderer of an elderly couple in the Ivy Bend area of Morgan County.

With a change of venue approved in March 2013, a Laclede County jury is scheduled to hear the case against Ronald Blowers on Feb. 17, 2015. A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for Jan. 5.

The Morgan County man is facing two counts of murder in the second degree, two counts of armed criminal action, one count of burglary in the first degree and resisting arrest by fleeing.

On Dec. 7, 2012, murder charges were filed against Blowers, then 25, following an investigation by the Morgan County Sheriff's Department after Wayne and Mable Wells were discovered dead at their home on Oak Hill Rd., Stover, on the morning of Dec. 4.

Blowers pleaded not guilty to the murder charges in January 2013.

Autopsy results indicated the Wells — Wayne, 82, and Mable, 71 — died as a result of blunt force trauma but suffered other wounds as well. The murders are believed to have occurred between dusk and 6 p.m. Dec. 3.

Evidence from the scene as well as information obtained from Blowers during questioning led to the charges against Blowers.

A pipe found near the Wells' home was believed to be one of the weapons used. A footprint was also found at the scene.

Blowers was first arrested on the evening of Dec. 4, after running from police when they went to question him about a stolen pistol. His residence on Sunset Rd. was located about a mile from the Wells' home.

As officers approached Blowers, the probable cause statement filed by the sheriff's department said that he brandished a knife at officers while in his driveway and began stabbing himself, telling officers "I did not mean to do it" before running into the woods and leading police on a lengthy foot pursuit. During the incident, Blowers refused to drop the knife and continued to stab himself. "He spontaneously denied killing 'those' people," according to the probable cause statement.

After being captured by police, Blowers was initially taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

In an interview Dec. 6 at the Morgan County Sheriff's Office, Blowers admitted to being present at the Wells' home during the commission of the homicides and admitted to using a pipe, knife and screwdriver to inflict injuries on the victims, according to the probable cause statement.

Blowers was also in a single-car accident Dec. 3 around 6:15 p.m. on Ivy Bend Rd. at Hillview Rd. near the Wells' residence. The Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to the crash and found Blowers to be the operator of the wrecked red Ford Explorer.

According to the Highway Patrol arrest report, he was cited at 7:22 p.m. for Driving While Intoxicated and Careless & Imprudent Resulting in an Accident. He was transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

According to the probable cause statement for the murders, neighbors in the vicinity of the Wells' residence told police that they recalled seeing a sports utility vehicle matching the description of Blowers' vehicle speeding away from the area.

The sheriff's office treated the crime as a burglary turned homicide from the first when the murders were reported after the body of Mable Wells was discovered by a friend.

The couple were fairly isolated at the time of their murders being some of the few winter residents in the immediate vicinity of their home on the Lake of the Ozarks.

At the Wells' residence, police found a door had been pushed or kicked in and the home was in disarray. Mable and Wayne Wells were found dead in separate rooms.