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Man charged in Southwest Missouri church shooting


SAINT LOUIS, MO – Newton County prosecutors filed first-degree murder charges on Monday against 52 year-old Eiken Elam Saimon.

Saimon is accused of opening fire inside a church on Sunday, killing three people and wounding five others.

Prosecutors also charged Saimon with with four counts of first-degree assault, felonious restraint for holding the congregation hostage and one count of armed criminal action.

At a hearing on Monday afternoon, Saimon pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Saimon is also a suspect in a reported sexual assault of a 14 year-old girl on Saturday. Investigators say the girl is a relative of Saimon's, but have not indicated how they are related.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 18th.

Saimon is being held on $1 million bond.


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