Stone County, Mo. authorities arrest 2 in connection to a body found in Dade County

Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 4:40 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 14, 2022 at 9:45 PM CST
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GALENA, Mo. (KY3) - Stone County deputies arrested two people wanted in connection to the death of a Galena man.

Billy Mack Walker died from a gunshot wound in late November. Dade County authorities found his body near Hulston Mill, northeast of Greenfield.

The Stone County prosecutor charged Gerald Keith Hoffman and Sheila Renee Phillips with tampering with evidence in Walker’s death. No murder charges have been filed in the case, but the Missouri State Highway Patrol says that autopsy results revealed the manner of death as homicide.

Neighbor Jereme Fenley says he moved to Shell Knob three years ago where he lived down the road from Sheila Phillips. He says there were times he felt unsafe living close to her.

”I feel unsafe talking about this to be honest with you, she’s very dangerous to me,” said Fenley.

Fenley says he knew Billy Mack Walker, because he and Phillips had been in a relationship.

He got to know Walker well and he even offered him a job at one point. He says Walker’s last words to him might have told what happened.

”The last time I saw him he said this woman is going to get me killed,” said Fenley

Investigators say Hoffman admitted to shooting Walker. However, Hoffman does not face any charges related to the shooting of Walker. Investigators say Hoffman and Phillips wrapped Walker’s body in a blanket and dumped his body in Dade County. Investigators say Hoffman and Phillips burned Walker’s clothes, the blanket used to transport him, and a chair he had been sitting in when he was shot.

Both Hoffman and Phillips remain jailed in Stone County without bond.

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