On 06-10-15, at approximately 8:00 a.m., Kimberling City Police Department was dispatched to Little Oaks Apartments at 99 Oak Drive in Kimberling City, MO for a stabbing. After Officers arrived on scene they found a male subject with stab wounds. He was transported to the hospital. While Officers were on scene they discovered some evidence that led them to call in Detectives from the Stone County Sheriff’s Office.
After Detectives with the Stone County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene they started their investigation. During this investigation, a deceased male subject was found in an apartment. The victim had multiple stab wounds but cause of death will be determined by an autopsy on Friday. A death investigation was then started with the Stone County Sheriff’s Department and the Kimberling City Police Department. Officers were on scene for approximately 10 hours processing the crime scene.
The victim is identified as James V. Martinico, 69 years old of Kimberling City. At this time there are several subjects that are being investigated as people of interest. This is an ongoing investigation.
UPDATE- SECOND PRESS RELEASE
On Thursday, June 11th, Deputies continued to do follow up interviews and processed the evidence. A probable cause statement was sent to Prosecuting Attorney Matt Selby and based on the Probable Cause Statement the following charges were filed:
Arthur Dee Lange, a 60 year old male from Kimberling City, was charged with-
2nd Degree Murder, Class A Felony
Armed Criminal Action, an Unclassified Felony
His bond has been set at $1,000,000.00 cash or surety.
Arthur Lange had called and initiated the investigation when he said he had been stabbed and the suspect had fled. After further investigation of Stone County Deputies and Kimberling City Officers, the probable cause was determined and presented to the prosecutor. Mr Lange is currently still in the hospital under guard by Stone County Deputies. When he is released from the hospital he will be transported to Stone County Jail where he will be incarcerated on the warrant.
Sheriff Doug Rader
Stone County Sheriff's Offfice