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Death Investigation


On January 25th, 2012 members of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office responded to 307 N. Main Street in Centerview, Missouri on a report of an unconscious male. Upon entering the home deputies discovered Walter Hayes Feldman deceased in his bed.  On January 26th, 2012 members from the Rural Missouri Major Case Squad responded to assist in the investigation. 


On January 26th, 2012 an autopsy was performed on the body of Walter Hayes Feldman.  The Medical Examiner ruled the death of Walter Hayes Feldman a homicide and described the manner of death as gunshot wounds to the head.


On February 28th, 2012 an interview was conducted with the victim’s son, Jacob Hayes Feldman.  During the interview, Jacob Feldman stated that he and a juvenile suspect went to the home of Walter Hayes Feldman on January 22nd, 2012.  Jacob Feldman told to investigators that he and the juvenile suspect entered into the residence, where they found Walter Hayes Feldman asleep in his bed.  Jacob Feldman told investigators he fired three bullets from a .22 caliber rifle into Walter Hayes Feldman as he lay in bed.


A follow up interview was conducted with the juvenile suspect, who confirmed Jacob Feldman’s account of the incident.


Jacob Hayes Feldman was placed on a 24 hour Felony Investigative Hold in the Johnson County Jail.  On February 29th, 2012 the Johnson County Circuit Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Jacob Hayes Feldman, charging him with one count of Murder in the 1st degree, one count of Armed Criminal Action, and one count of Burglary in the 1st degree.  Jacob Hayes Feldman remains in custody at the Johnson County Jail with a bond of $750,000 cash or surety.  The juvenile suspect in this case has been turned over to juvenile authorities where he remains in custody.