Judge denies bond for man accused in deadly crash in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Greene County judge denied bond for a man accused in connection to a deadly crash in Springfield.

Shannon Shaffer, Jr.

Prosecutors charged Shannon Shaffer Jr., 27, of Springfield with second-degree murder, second-degree assault, and leaving the scene of a crash. Shaffer Jr. is also facing charges of tampering and driving while his license was revoked with no bond.

Police say he caused the crash killing Matthew T. Brown on July 18 near Campbell Avenue and James River Freeway.

Police believe Shaffer, Jr. stole a Budget Rental truck. Investigators say Shaffer hit one car, that then crashed into Brown's vehicle. Police say Shaffer then went on to cause another crash at National Avenue and Sunshine Street, injuring others.

Officers later arrested Shaffer after tying him to the scene of the theft of the Budget Rental truck.

In court Friday, the defense admitted Shaffer, Jr.'s charges are the results of "reckless behavior," but said he deserves to be let out on house arrest.

The prosecution argued Shaffer, Jr. has a history of not listening to court orders, as he was on felony probation out of four counties at the time of the crashes, Stone, Lawrence, Greene and Polk. The defense pointed out Shaffer, Jr.'s driver license was also revoked at the time.

In court Friday, Matt Brown's wife addressed Judge Carrier, asking him to keep Shaffer in jail, so he wouldn't have another opportunity to destroy another family like hers has been.

Other victims had the same request.

Cady Stacy was driving the vehicle Shaffer allegedly crashed into at National and Sunshine. Her fiance and 4-year-old son were in the car with her, along with a teenager.

Stacy told Judge Carrier about her severe injuries and told him Shaffer should have to live with the consequences of his actions. She told KY3 News she and her family are forever changed, with physical and emotional damage.

"He thinks he can just go in there and say, 'Hey, can you lower my bond? I'd like to go home.' That's not fair. He already got away with not having to go to the hospital. He wasn't injured. He's not sorry. He's sorry he can't go home. He's sorry he got caught. He's sorry he now has to face the consequences," Stacey said.

Elizabeth Ramsey, who said she witnessed the crash that injured Stacy and her family, said she is also traumatized and is pleased with the court's decision.

"His actions cost a lot of people happiness and he's not sorry for them. And he'd probably do it again if he got out. So I think today was a win," Ramsey said.

Judge J. Ronald Carrier said holding someone without bond is the most severe thing to do before a trial. However, the judge said looking at the factors, including his criminal history, holding without bond is the right choice. Carrier said giving Shaffer, Jr. bond would not help keep the community safe, nor would it guarantee he'd show up for his next court appearance.

His next court date is scheduled for October 8.