A Rolla man charged in a double homicide at a Lake Ozark campground in late 2017 has waived formal arraignment and remains in jail awaiting trial.

A Rolla man charged in a double homicide at a Lake Ozark campground in late 2017 has waived formal arraignment and remains in jail awaiting trial.

Gary Sweet continues to be held in the Miller County Detention Center with no bond following a June 26, 2018 hearing. The 58-year-old is facing two counts of first degree murder, four counts of armed criminal action and two counts of first degree assault. A trial date has not yet been set.

Sweet allegedly killed Jim and Sheri Parker, husband and wife managers of Riverview RV Park, after being evicted around a month before.

The night of the incident two victims/witnesses, unidentified by police, were discovered first by Lake Ozark officers who responded to a report of a shooting at 12:36 a.m. Wednesday, November 8, 2017. One had sustained injuries from a gunshot, and both were transported to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment. Investigators then discovered the Parkers deceased in their bed inside their living quarters which were part of a two-story structure that also housed the park’s business office. They were victims of apparent gunshot wounds.

Lake Ozark police were familiar with Sweet. He had at least two prior run-ins with local law enforcement, according to previous information supplied by the Lake Ozark Police Department.

He had been arrested in October 2017 for simple assault. He was evicted by the Parkers during this timeframe, and subsequently moved to the Rolla area. Sweet had also been involved in a civil incident at the campground in March 2017, a disagreement with other campground residents.

The night of the incident, law enforcement initially visited Sweet at this residence where he told investigators he was home during the time of the shootings. According to court documents, one of the officers touched the hood of Sweet’s truck and found it warm to the touch. Sweet’s cell phone also allegedly pinged a Lake Ozark cellular tower near the time of the shooting.

Multiple firearms were reportedly used in the incident. A 16-gauge shotgun and shells were recovered by investigators. A search warrant served at Sweet’s Phelps County residence uncovered a 16-gauge shot with shells, reportedly the same kind as those from the scene in Lake Ozark, according to court documents.

Video surveillance of the campground showed a white male in a green zip-up hoodie exit the Parkers’ home and office, walking around the park before firing into the side of one of the RVs. A hoodie matching the one on the video was recovered from Sweet’s possession as well, the court document states.