The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 10, 2013

Argument over woman leads to shooting

By Jeff Lehr
news@joplinglobe.com

PINEVILLE, Mo. — A rural Anderson man has been charged with shooting and wounding his rival during an argument over a woman.

Waylon R. Rolls, 39, remained in custody Monday at the McDonald County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Rolls is charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action and tampering with evidence in the shooting of David Tanner, 35, of rural Noel.

Tanner was shot once in the chest with a .22-caliber revolver during an argument Friday afternoon at Rolls’ home at 615 Lawhorn Road, authorities said. Tanner was taken to Freeman Hospital West In Joplin, where he was treated and eventually released over the weekend.

A probable-cause affidavit states that a woman who had been in a relationship with Tanner and living with him for about a year, moved back in with Rolls, precipitating the argument that escalated into a shooting. Both men reportedly called 911 to report the shooting.

Sheriff Mike Hall said the tampering charge stems from what Waylon Rolls is suspected of having done with the gun.

“It was thrown into a pond and has not been recovered,” Hall said.