SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Missouri State University officials went on record on Friday about the murder case that shocked and rocked the campus community. They said they knew of no conflict between the accused instructor and the emeritus professor who was stabbed to death at his home.
Victor Matthews, dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs, worked closely with the victim, Marc Cooper, and the accused killer, Ed Gutting. He says they worked together in academia for several years, along with Gutting's wife, Angela Hornsby-Gutting.
Matthews describes their relationship as a normal working relationship as colleagues in the History department.
Gutting is in the Greene County jail in lieu of a $1 million bond after being charged with second-degree murder for Cooper’s death and with assault for stabbing Cooper’s wife, Nancy Cooper, as she tried to defend her husband.
Police arrested Gutting about 7:35 Monday evening outside the Coopers' home after they say he killed Cooper just minutes earlier inside the Coopers' home by stabbing him to death.
Gutting is on administrative leave and will remain in that status through the course of the investigation and court proceedings.
Those who knew Cooper on campus say they are in shock and trying to cope with the loss. They say he leaves a great legacy as an educator.
“They remember how effective he was in the classroom, how he excited them about the ideas of ancient history and just world civilization in general,” said Matthews.
Meanwhile students are moving in and classes begin on Monday.
The History department chair is working to reassign the four education classes that Gutting was scheduled to teach. As for Gutting’s wife, Matthews says she will stay on staff and teach her courses as assigned.