The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

July 23, 2013

Granby man waives hearing in abduction case

NEOSHO, Mo. — A Granby man accused of abducting and raping a 65-year-old woman over two days in November will appear Monday for arraignment in Newton County Circuit Court.

Kathleen Miller, assistant Newton County prosecuting attorney, said Ricky D. Casteel waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Casteel, 57, initially was charged in December with first-degree attempted assault, forcible rape, forcible sodomy, armed criminal action and felonious restraint.

The charges against Casteel now also include conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, alleging that Casteel plotted with a cellmate to kill his victim when the cellmate got out of jail. The cellmate notified authorities, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

The initial charges relate to allegations that Casteel held the woman captive in her house for two days in November, repeatedly sexually assaulting her and keeping her tied to a bed at night. He allegedly also kept her tethered to him during the daytime.

He had met the woman at a dance, according to authorities.

During the two days, Casteel allegedly found the woman’s revolver and loaded it with a single bullet. Authorities allege that he spun the cylinder, placed the gun to her head and pulled the trigger, repeating the Russian roulette game three or four times.

The alleged victim, who lives near Joplin, remained in her house for several days after Casteel left. Casteel allegedly had threatened to kill her if she told anyone of the incident.

The woman sought a protection order after she encountered Casteel in a public place and he allegedly threatened her again.

The murder conspiracy charge was filed last month. According to an affidavit, Casteel talked with the cellmate several times about killing the woman. The cellmate said Casteel told him he would take care of him the rest of his life and that the cellmate could have his 1997 Chevrolet pickup after killing the woman.

Bond hike

THE MURDER CONSPIRACY CHARGE resulted in Ricky D. Casteel’s bond being increased from $100,000 to $150,000.

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