Victim in deadly Springfield motel shooting battled addiction says friend

Published: Nov. 24, 2020 at 11:54 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 24, 2020 at 5:06 PM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - A friend of a shooting victim at a Springfield motel says demons of addiction are too real.

Police on the morning of November 20 found Billy Glass, 37, shot dead at the Economy Inn on North Glenstone. Troy Jones faces a second-degree murder charge. He pleaded not guilty to the charges in a Greene County courtroom Wednesday. Jones say he feared he was going to be stabbed in a drug deal gone bad.

Josh Butler, Glass’ friend, says the two had been to this motel many times and found the drugs they were seeking. But he says both had changed their lives and gotten clean. Glass recently posted on Facebook a picture from his rehab graduation in June. Just 10 days before his death, he wrote “I have begun to take my eyes off the Lord. The result is sin and destruction. Realizing this, I declare today, I repent. I will remember what the Lord has done for me. I will get back into my devotions. The devil is a lie. God’s grace is sufficient. He is enough.”

Butler says he had planned to meet up and hang out with Glass in Bolivar last week. But that never happened. He doesn’t know what led to Glass’ apparent relapse, but wants the world to know how terrible addiction is, and what a good guy he was.

“Billy was a good guy, man,” said Butler. “Addiction is real. The demons are real. It just breaks my heart, man, that his demons got back a hold of him and dragged him back to that place.”

Troy Jones, a convicted felon accused in the crime, also faces a charge for illegally having a gun.

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