Slain Grandfather Tried To Protect Granddaughter In Deadly Missouri Shooting

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SPRINGDALE (KFSM) –The Springdale Police Department arrested a man wanted in connection with the shooting deaths of two people and the kidnapping of his young daughter in Barry County, Mo., according to police.

The Barry County Sheriff's Office issued an Amber Alert just after 4:30 p.m. Monday (Jan. 5) for 37-year-old Christopher Lee Paschall of Springdale and two-year-old Alli Paschall.

The Amber Alert was canceled about 20 minutes later after police arrested Paschall at a relative's house at 2324D Hidden Lake St. in Springdale and found the toddler unharmed, according to police. Paschall was arrested without incident in connection with an unrelated Washington County warrant for revocation of a suspended sentence, police said.

Mugshot of Christopher Paschall after Jan. 5, 2015 arrest.

Mugshot of Christopher Paschall after Jan. 5, 2015 arrest.

The Barry County Sheriff's Office believes Paschall shot his ex-girlfriend and her grandfather around 1:30 p.m. on Monday at a home located at 23233 Farm Road 1055 in Washburn, Mo. before kidnapping the child. The woman died of her injuries on scene, and her grandfather was taken to Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, Mo. where he also died several hours later from multiple gunshot wounds, the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office identified the woman as Casey Lee Brace, 29, and her grandfather as Herbert Townsend, 76.

Visitation for Brace and her grandfather have been set for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday at Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers, Ark. The funeral service is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. in the gym at Southwest High School in Washburn, Mo. The victims will be buried at a nearby cemetery in Washburn.

The sister of Brace said that her sibling was shot once in the head. The sister also said the grandfather tried to get a gun, was shot four times, crawled to a phone and called 911.

A Barry County deputy was dispatched to the home after the call. According to a probable cause affidavit, the deputy walked in after seeing Brace laying on the floor through the front door. He checked her pulse, but she didn't have any, then he heard Townsend moaning from across the room with a rifle in his hand, the affidavit states. The deputy asked Townsend if he knew "who did this," he told him it was "Chris Paschall" and was unable to say anything after that, according to the affidavit. As the investigation continued, the sheriff's office learned a two-year-old child was taken from the house after the murder, the affidavit states.

According to Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly, the two-year-old girl is Paschall and Brace's daughter. She is now in the custody of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Springdale Police said. She is expected to be reunited with her maternal family on Tuesday evening (Jan. 6), the sister said.

Sheriff Epperly also said, 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. 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.

According to Epperly, investigators from the Barry County Sheriff's Office will interview Paschall in Washington County and issue an order for his extradition to Missouri.

The Barry County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Paschall with first-degree murder, first-degree assault, and armed criminal action, according to court documents. The prosecutor is also planning to recommend a $1 million bond once Paschall is jailed in Missouri.

For more on the charges Paschall is facing in Washington County, click here.

A check of Paschall's criminal history shows multiple convictions for crimes committed between 2007 and 2015, according to court documents.

Two orders of protection were filed against Paschall by different people in 2008, court documents state.

On April 19, 2008, Paschall was charged with delivery of methamphetamine and pleaded not guilty, court records state. He accepted a plea deal on Jan. 6, 2010, and was sentenced to 60 months probation and standard court fees, according to court records.

In July 2013, Paschall was convicted of misdemeanor shoplifting, court documents state.

He was booked into the Washington County Detention Center on May 30, 2014, on suspicion of violating his parole and later released on June 9, 2014, deputies say.

On July 1, 2014, he was charged with delivering drugs, fleeing and illegal use of a communications device, according to court documents. He pleaded not guilty, and on Aug. 29, 2014, his attorney filed a notice of intent to rely on the defense of mental disease or defect, court records state. His next court date stemming from those charges is scheduled for Feb. 6, according to court records.

Court records also state that Paschall has been on disability and receiving monthly payments of $439 since 2004. A specific type of disability was not listed in the court documents.

Christopher Paschall

Paschall after being arrested in 2014 on suspicion of a parole violation.

Brittney Woods, the sister of Brace, released the following statement to 5NEWS:

"Casey was a young, kind [and] beautiful women. She was the best mom to her children and a caretaker to all of her family. I truly could not have asked for a better sister. So generous, Casey would have given her last dime to any of her family or friends in need. We pride ourselves on being such a close-bonded family. We spoke to each other daily, and now that she has been taken from us all, we will never hear her voice or see her beautiful smile again. The pain is unbearable, and the only thing keeping us from falling apart is Casey's three beautiful children that we are taking care of."

The statement continues, "[She] loved her children more than life itself. She never, in her life, went down a path of drugs or violence, and when she tried to escape the drama and violence, her innocent life was taken. Her three children are now without a mom, my mom without a daughter and me without my sister. My grandpa Herbert Townsend died trying to protect Casey, and I know in my heart he tried his very best. Casey was raised by my grandparents, and they loved her unconditionally. Now they both reside in the Lord's hands, and the family is left with nothing but memories and pain. We appreciate everyone's love, support, donations and prayers."

The family of Brace has said they want the death penalty in this case. Brace's family is also raising money on GoFundMe for funeral expenses.


  • Told You so

    I have known of this guy for several years after having an encounter with him where he tried to intimidate me. I have been saying for years he was dangerous. This is no surprise.

    • static796

      Sad when you know someone is that dangerous and noone listens. How awful. :( sorry you had an encounter Im thankful you are still here. Just heartbreaking isnt it?
      :( prayers for the family of the victims.

  • Patty Craig Pianalto

    He worked as a delivery guy for a medical equipment company that I worked for several years ago but was fired. I can’t remember why he was terminated. He was always wanting to go out with my daughter and when I ran into him a couple of years ago the first thing he asked me was she still single. So glad that she never had anything to do with him..

  • loser

    He’s a born loser.He has been in and out of trouble since high school.
    Mother has always to this day tried to fix his problems with money.
    Gave him her house and moved into an apartment.
    He murders to innocent people and runs home to springdale to his mother’s house.
    This is where he was arrested at sweet ole mom’s.

    • You'e Right

      Mommy has always bailed him out. They try to make everyone else look bad when in truth it has always been Chris that is the problem. He has had women scared for their lives and tried to make them look crazy. This guy is crazy as hell. Lot’s of people knew this was coming.

    • Lin Frank

      how else is mom supposed to FIX HIS PROBLEMS? WITHOUT money? she loves her son don’t fault her for that…my GOD what’s this world coming to? if all she is guilty of is loving her son where’s the crime? she knows he’s made mistakes…she knows that..

  • Ishmail Dentor

    That’s the way the courts work now, bond ’em out, bond ’em out and then act surprised when they kill somebody. Useless piece of cesspool matter for years. Maybe, just maybe the courts will keep him in jail now.

  • arnold fudpucker

    This creep is on disability! Just proves that the gubbamint is ready to hand out your tax money to losers and other filth that don’t want to work. disability is at an all time high. Now you see why.

      • Darin

        ALL PEOPLE with disabilities abuse the system??? You should count your blessings that you don’t have any disability that keeps you from functioning normally in society. Yes there are a few the abuse it but there are more that need it. I have a friend that has had 11 hip surgeries, 1 about every 3 years, and lives each day in pain. She can’t stand for long, or sit for long, or pretty much do anything because of the constant pain in her leg and hip area. Maybe you would like to trade places with her, I know she would trade with you.

      • storm chaser

        I agree with you, that person MATYCHY, will some day go on disability and regret his or her words, some abuse the system and some dont, but the ones that dont it takes longer to get on it, when there are those who fake it, get it fast, i dont get it and 12,000 a year is not enough for pain and suffering, kudos to your friend for not giving up. sorry for her pain, this guy, in the article sounds like a loser and a bad person and needs the firing squad,

      • Lin Frank

        this from the deceased…my grandfather will shoot you if you come back here….sounds like a threat…and I bet grandpa met him with a gun…biggest question I have if his prints weren’t on that rifle how did he shoot them?

      • Lin Frank

        he was warned by Casey not to go there are “my grandfather will shoot you”…wonder if the cops know about that? and lots of them showed up at the funeral…I think I’d changed the venue of the trial…to another county

  • sad but foreseen

    I have a current 10 Yr order of protection against Christopher Paschall.. my husband.. I was able to escape his and his mother’s clutches September 2009 and have not looked back.  Paschall is certainly mentally ill but not of what he claims. He uses it as a front to get off of charges and goes to extremes to convince  law enforcement to see his way. His mother was having an affair with a Washington County Police Officer who would give her tips and help Christopher slide on anything he could help with. This man should have been put behind bars a long time ago. Now, after multiple slaps on the wrist he has finally committed the crime I feared I would face multiple times.. this man is very smart and very good at convincing you and your mind to think the way he needs you too in order to get his way. My heart goes out to Casie’s family and for this little girl.. who will now have no mother or father.. I cannot help but feel that the law enforcement has let us down

    • I saw it coming

      Several years ago you told me these same things while I was working for a Government Agency. I listened to you and when I dealt with him, I could tell you were right. I have come across him several times since and he is one of the creepiest people I have ever meet. I wish more people would have listened to you.

    • Lin Frank

      I you the one he put in jail? You really have a lot of credibility. And leave his mom alone…she loves her son…and she didn’t have an affair with that guy.

    • Lin Frank

      her clutches? that’s funny she’s all of 5’1″ and wouldn’t hurt a fly…she loves her son…that’s all she’s guilty of…sue her for her that…

    • Lin Frank

      thanks for convicting him already..hope his lawyer changes the venue…you say Paschal is so bad…one of her sisters married Justin Trammel who killed his dad with a cross bow…the other sister took off and left her three girls with her daddy and went to Illinois to stay with some guy…”people that live in glass houses shouldn’t throw rocks”…mom has a livin in boyfriend that’s been in and out of prison..

  • Family of the victims

    This is devastating to all of our family. We just lost another family member last week due to illness. Now, two more lives lost to tragedy. It’s sad to know that policy states, “until someone is physically harmed, not much can be done.” This is what it took to get him off the streets?! Please keep doors locked at all times. You never know what could happen. These are scary times, no one is safe. Thank you to all who have sent prayers to our family during these trying times.

    • static796

      This is heartwrenching. Disturbing. Senseless and cowardly. It is sad when good people have to lose their lives before bad people can be punished. I am so sorry for your losses. Words arent enough. The grandfather was a hero. What a great man. The grandaughter was beautiful. May God comfort and guide u all. I am so sorry. This story brought tears to my eyes.

  • Jayne

    The legal system failed. He should have been in prison when he violated his probation by committing additional crimes. They should have made an application to revoke his probation and suspended sentence and this young lady and her grandfather would still be alive.

    • Lin Frank

      if anyone FAILED it was some parents involved in both families…never happened to me and my family and we went through plenty of adversity but never resorted to violence….it never solves anything…that’s the bottom line…no one wins in this

  • Lin Frank

    she/Casey did have problems with drugs in the past and wasn’t the mother her sister has painted her to be…there’s more to this than meets the eye…where was mom when grandpa and grandma raised them?….and why did grandpa have the gun when he died? you tried somebody and convicted them in print in the media before they even have a fair trial…maybe he was protecting his daughter?

    • Cindy M

      Mr. Lin, you must be a family friend or relative of Paschall’s. Out of all the comments of those who know him, you’re the only one defending him. Blame the family and vilify the victims. That’s seriously the best you’ve got? That’s pathetic. Maybe if momma hadn’t bought him out of all his problems, maybe he’d be a responsible human being.

      • Lin Frank

        he hasn’t been PROVEN he’s guilty yet…folks..and that”s not defending him saying that…HE HAS A RIGHT TO A FAIR AND UNBIASED TRIAL…THAT’S his right people…STOP SAYING HE’S GUILTY RIGHT NOW…noone but that grandfather the girlfiend and he know what happened…noone…so stop judging until this goes to trial…and no MONEY hasn’t BOUGHT HIM JUSTICE…she works with the gov’t and isn’t a millionaire ie. THE WALTONS…or HUNTS….get your facts before you flap

      • Cindy M

        I generally try to have my facts before I flap. Fine, I don’t know factually that his momma bought him out of all his troubles, so you got me there. In that same vein, were you around when Casey was “doing drugs” or when she told him that “grandpa would shoot him?” How do you know “there’s more to this than meets the eye”. You want to talk about throwing rocks, take a travel back through your comments and let’s see which one of us is flapping. I can agree that he’s innocent until proven guilty. In the meantime, please be respectful of this family and stop dragging them through the mud, telling what you perceive to have happened. In other words, practice what you’re preaching.

      • Lin Frank

        Cindy M where am I DRAGGING THEM IN THE MUD? Just because I said he deserves a fair trial? Or that she wasn’t an angel? SHE WASN’T….and as far as Casey saying that? she did…I heard from his mom…he was warned…but doesn’t make it right either…Grandpa was waiting with a gun…I assure you that… respect?…sure I’ll give the dead respect but this is far from over…it hasn’t even started…lots gonna happen and like I said he HASN’T HAD HIS DAY IN COURT

    • Cindy M

      Oh, so his mom told you. Well then my goodness, it has to be true. So, what you’re basically saying is that you’re relying on what someone else says to be “factual”, while telling everyone else on here to get our facts straight. Thank you, but the rest of us will rely on court documents, police reports, etc. As far as the grandfather having a gun……heard of the 2nd Ammendment, buddy? As far as I know, it’s okay to have guns. For hunting and protection from scumbags. I can’t wait for your boy to have his day in court. In fact, it can’t get here soon enough. Until then, please don’t reply. You’re seriously just embarrassing yourself.

      • Lin Frank

        I trust his mom more than I trust you…because I’ve known her for quite some time…and this isn’t about her family and casey’s family it’s about those kids…

      • Lin Frank

        First off don’t INSULT ME by calling buddy and yes I have heard of the 2nd ammendment…dur? I’m 59…know a lot more than you think I know. I DON’T NEED A GUN cuz as a CHRISTIAN I have a GOD BIGGER THAN ANY GUN MADE…don’t want one and don’t need one. Embarassing myself? No you’re the one without the facts and ready to JUDGE quickly…and I could give a rats’ behind what you or anyone else thinks of what I say..embarassing? that’s choice…AND I’LL REPLY IF I WANT TO…what are you the A NET NAZI?

    • Cindy M

      All I really wanted was for you to admit you were defending him as a friend of the family, so thanks for that. Not that you ever really had any, but what credibility you may have had is now gone. You’re either the only friend they have or the only one dumb enough to admit it. My work here is done.

      • Lin Frank

        dumb enough? I haven’t done anything wrong or anything here…SHE’S A FRIEND DAMMIT…and I”m not stupid and quit digressing….no I’m not a relative the studipity was her sons’ not mine…yes it wasn’t smart for him to go back up there BUT he wanted to see his kids…nothing further to say about this…and after it’s all said and done…I expect an apology from you for painting me out to be 1/someone who I’m not and 2/all parties that are involved weren’t perfect…but some how I doubt you have the class…

    • sad but foreseen

      I will give you this Lin, you do see what little if any good that is in Chris. I know his momma is very short, sweet but did do whatever she could to help him, but in the wrong way. I loved this man and family at one point. But, for someone to say that he is innocent is far fetched. He needs help. And how is my credibility gone? I am the only one on here who has been in a relationship with him and been beaten by him and forced to do things for him. I know how his inner ings are. Yes, bless her heart, I’m sure she was not perft and once you see how he is, t u have to make a choice to leave or stay. I tried to change him and hope that what he would tell me would be true.. but it wasn’t. And when I decided to leave he stalked me and my family, and called the cops on me when I was the one running from him down the road trying to get away from him. I’ve had my nose broken, my house broken into, my head shoved through a window, been choked out on several occans.. and no, I have not ever taken drugs nor do I have a history of any kind of violence. I understand u want him to have a fair trial, but where was my fair trial.. or Casey’s? Chris most likely loves his children no doubt. But we are allowed to have our opinion and even though it is hard to think of him doing this, I can’t say I wouldn’t put it past him. I got punched in the back of the head and choked bec he was tickling me and my elbow hit him in the chin.. he has a severe temper!

      • Lin Frank

        I never said he was innocent or guilty I just want him to get the help he needs…and if that’s while be locked be it….just want him to get the mental help he needs. He’s a sick man.

      • Lin Frank

        his history of domestic violence will be his undoing….he had a chance to get help and he didn’t….this is a valuable lesson to all of us….when you have problem with anger and drugs…GET HELP NOW

  • sad but foreseen

    And since u like “the facts” u should know that the judge seen right through everything and dropped all charges… and u can get copies of over 50 police reports from Fayetteville, Lowell, Springdale that involve Chris and 90% of them also involved women.. and that’s just from 2004-2009 coincidence? I know my facts.. I was there.

    • Lin Frank

      he had a chance to get help but he didn’t….stay…it’s on him…now he’ll be forced to see himself and who he really is and get the help he needs…

      • sad but foreseen

        Yes, he has had several chances. But he just continues to lie and say he is a skitzo.. he has lits of demons in him and me and my family have prayed for him for 6 years. And most men do find God in prison, and we will continue that he does just that. I speant two years just trying to get rid of the anger that I had after the last go and getting away.. and I was only with him 2 years.. he has a lifetime of things he has gone through, whether be by his own doing or things as a child.. but I still say he needs to be locked away where he can no longer hurt anyone! I pray for all families involved! Mostly the children.. I know a mothers heart hurts.. but its time

      • Lin Frank

        we agree sad but not forsaken what needs to be done…he’s a big God…bigger than any of us…I just want people to realize the love his mother has for him and most/not all but most of the blame should be centered and placed in the lap of a man who doesn’t love his wife and could care less about his son…thank God I have a much better relationship with my son

  • sad but foreseen

    I don’t know that I would put the blame or even most the blame on him. Yes, he did his fair share of drinking and not being the husband and father he should have been, but at some point you grow up and know the difference between right and wrong. Mentally at some point I’m sure if daddy did it, he can do it too should have stopped. And yes, love your son, but don’t do everything in your power to keep women locked up in a house or try to talk them into staying with him knowing that he hits them, pushes them, etc. I know her heart breaks but we are not the ones who raised him, they did.. so y should we have to suffer because of their short comings? Ya know.. but Prayers for all! God Bless

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