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Ozarks Teenager Charged With Murder In Connection to Death of Weston North, 17, of Republic, MO

Weston North, 17, was found dead Saturday morning off Farm Road 178 near Highway ZZ

January 01, 2012|Greg Leuthen | KSPR News Producer

GREENE COUNTY, Mo. — An 18-year-old from Republic, MO is behind bars tonight after being charged with murder in connection to the death of 17-year-old Weston North of Republic. Authorities say 18-year-old Gabriel Roche admitted to killing North because he thought he was a snitch. A probable cause statement show's Roche stabbed North in his chest, back, and side before eventually slitting North's throat. Roche is being held without bond.

North's body was found around 7:30 a.m. Saturday on the side of Farm Road 178 near Highway ZZ about a mile south of Republic High School.

Edited Probable Cause Statement:

(WARNING: Graphic details)

I, Sgt. Curtis Hunt, knowing that false statements on this form are punishable by law, state that the facts contained herein are true.

1. I have probable cause to believe that on December 31, 2011, near 6121 W. Farm Road 178, Republic, Greene County, Missouri, Gabriel Luke Roche; , committed one or more criminal offenses.

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2. The facts supporting this belief are as follows:

On December 31, 2011 at about 0728 hours a motorist called Greene County Dispatch to report a male subject was observed lying in a ditch on Farm Road 178 near State Highway ZZ near Republic, Missouri a location in Greene County.  The motorist believed the subject appeared to be deceased.  Upon arrival of Greene County Deputies and First Responders the male subject was located and confirmed to be deceased.

Greene County Sheriffs Deputy Teeling was the first Law Enforcement Officer to arrive on the scene.  He observed the deceased male subject with an apparent laceration to the subject’s throat.

 The deceased male subject was later identified as Weston T. North (DOB: 10/13/1994) who lived in the city of Republic, Missouri.  Dr. Anderson with the Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the manner of death to Weston North was by homicide.  The cause of death was from multiple stab wounds.

Detectives discovered Weston North associated with Gabriel Luke Roche and Gabriel’s relative. North was last seen in the company of the relative the previous evening.  Greene County Sheriffs Deputies received information Gabriel and his relative were looking for someone to pick them up and were on foot in the Springfield area.  They were located along with a third subject walking on foot at Lynn and Franklin, Springfield, Missouri. 

Post Miranda warning Gabriel Luke Roche admitted to being with Michael Roche as well as a third subject as they drove Weston North from the Wal-Mart in Republic, Missouri to the location where he was later found deceased.  He stated he went there with the purpose to kill Weston North.  He stated he wanted to kill North because he believed North was a “snitch”, informing Law Enforcement of criminal activity and he wanted his brother to see someone get killed.    

Gabriel Luke Roche detailed how he killed Weston North which matched the injuries found on North.  He detailed how he first stabbed North with a knife in the chest through the sternum.  After North ran from him and he chased after him he said he stabbed North in the back and side.  He said North begged for his life and he then cut his throat.  The injuries sustained by North were consistent with the injuries Gabriel stated he inflicted on him.

Sgt. J. Stanley interviewed Roche's relative, who corroborated the events stating Gabriel stabbed North in the chest, chased after North who begged for his life, and cut his throat.  The relative indicated that he thought they were walking from the van to a location to look for some of Weston’s belongings but in hindsight should have realized what his brother Gabriel was going to do.

The above facts and information are true to the best of my information and belief.

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