PINEVILLE, Mo. — Not long after Jimmy Tillery pulled up to his ex-wife's home, asking to speak with her and refusing to leave until he did, her tenant, Matthew Bowman, shot him dead, according to an affidavit filed Friday in support of murder charges against Bowman.

Tillery, 58, of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, suffered chest and arm wounds in the fatal shooting about 1:30 p.m. Thursday at 420 Karla Road, west of Washburn in McDonald County.

Sheriff's deputies called to the address found Tillery dead behind the wheel of his Dodge pickup truck in the front yard. Bowman, 39, who authorities say admitted having shot Tillery three or four times with a .30-caliber carbine rifle, was arrested and charged Friday with second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

The affidavit states that both Bowman and Cheryl Tillery had obtained full orders of protection against Jimmy Tillery that were active at the time of the shooting.

The shooting victim was in apparent violation of those orders when he pulled up to the mobile home and parked. The affidavit states that, as Bowman saw Tillery pull in, he grabbed the rifle from a bedroom and stepped out the door onto the porch.

Bowman told Tillery to leave, but Tillery refused and asked to talk to his ex-wife, according to an account apparently provided to investigators by the suspect. Bowman kept insisting that he leave, and Tillery kept refusing to go while remaining seated in his truck, the affidavit states.

In the course of the argument, Bowman raised the rifle and fired four rounds into the cab of the truck, the affidavit states.

Sheriff Michael Hall declined comment on the number of wounds suffered by Tillery pending preliminary findings of an autopsy conducted Friday in Springfield.

The sheriff said deputies had responded in July to an oral altercation involving the estranged couple and Bowman. He said no one was arrested and no charges were filed in that incident. According to the sheriff, the protection orders obtained by Cheryl Tillery and Bowman in the wake of that incident were valid through August 2016.

Hall said deputies were responding to a 911 call reporting a violation of a protection order at the address but had yet to arrive when the shooting took place. The sheriff was uncertain who placed the call. He indicated that Cheryl Tillery was present at the residence as well as Bowman.

Louise Calvert, a sister of Jimmy Tillery, told the Globe the couple had been separated since June and that their divorce was final Aug. 14. She said it was her understanding that Bowman was living at the address as Cheryl Tillery's tenant. Calvert does not believe her brother would have gone to the address if he knew Bowman was there and armed. She also doubts that he would have argued with him.

"He did not expect what he ran into," Calvert said.

Jimmy Tillery is survived by an adult daughter, four sisters and three brothers, according to Calvert.

Jeff Lehr is a reporter for The Joplin Globe. 

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