Springdale Man Found Guilty In Missouri Double-Homicide

NEOSHO, Mo. (KFSM) -- A Springdale man was found guilty a double-homicide in the Newton County Circuit Court on Thursday (Sept. 28).

"I was a very big relief to hear that guilty first degree murder on two counts which automatically carries life without parole in the state of Missouri." said relative David Cook.

Christopher Paschall, 39, was facing two counts of first-degree murder in the 2015 slayings of Casey Lee Brace and Herbert Townsend.

Prosecutors say Paschall killed his ex-girlfriend and her grandfather at their Barry County, Missouri, residence before kidnapping his 2-year-old daughter.

"There will never be Herbert there will never be Casey they're both gone." said Cook.

Paschall was also found guilty on three counts of armed criminal action and one count of parental kidnapping.

Authorities say Paschall shot Brace and her grandfather about 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 5, 2015 at residence on 232333 Farm Road 1055 in Washburn, Mo.

Paschall then kidnapped his daughter and fled to a relative's house in Springdale. The girl was found unharmed and handed over to Arkansas Department of Human Services officials.

Brace succumbed to her injuries on scene while her grandfather died later at a hospital in Springfield, Mo.

In the months leading up to the shooting, Brace reported Paschall for stalking and threatening her, so the sheriff's office set up extra deputy patrols near her home, according to Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly.

Epperly said deputies had checked the area near the house the morning of the shooting. The sheriff also said Brace had gone to court seeking an order of protection against Paschall.

"We love them and miss them and we'll never forget them." said Cook.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Dec. 19.