A man who recently lived in Union has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a woman found in a Lincoln County motel last month.
Rico T. Clark, 27, was indicted by a Lincoln County Grand Jury in the death of Megan M. Moody, 29, of Union. In addition to the murder charge, Clark also was charged with armed criminal action, a felony.
Clark is scheduled for an arraignment Monday, Aug. 6, in front of Lincoln County Presiding Circuit Judge Chris Kunza Mennemeyer.
Moody, who also went by the name of Megan Clark, was found dead at the Elsberry Motel and Lodge with multiple gunshot wounds Sunday, July 1.
The Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department investigated the death and ruled it a murder.
Online court records show Clark and Moody lived together in the 400 block of Brown Street in Union. Earlier this year, a local property owner filed eviction papers against the two.
An obituary for Moody says she was originally from Middletown, Del. Moody is survived by her daughter, Re’Nya, according to the obituary.
The obituary says Moody was a victim of domestic violence.
A day after her body was found, domestic assault charges were filed against Clark in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court. He was charged with third-degree domestic assault, a felony, stemming from a May 13 incident.
According to a probable cause statement filed in the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office by Union police, a witness reported hearing a woman, Moody, scream for help. The witness also told police they saw a man throw Moody into a window.
The witness said Moody screamed again and Clark allegedly covered her mouth with his hands. The witness said Clark then pulled Moody away from the window and turned off the lights, according to the probable cause statement.
When police arrived and questioned Moody, she said she had been in an argument with the suspect. She said the argument was only verbal.
Moody told police she didn’t want Clark to go to jail because it was “only going to get worse for her.”
The woman eventually told police Clark had pulled her hair and caused her to scream. The officer reported the woman “feared” Clark, according to the probable cause statement.