Hearing Conducted for Murder Suspect in Killing of Elderly Person

A second suspect in the murder of an elderly Morehouse resident was ordered bound over for trial. A preliminary hearing was conducted before a judge for Rayshand C. Lyons, who is charged with first degree murder, first degree robbery, two counts of armed criminal action and two counts of abuse or neglect of a child. Lyons, 27, along with Ashley M. Riggins, 34, are charged in the murder of Dottie Lutes, 73, whose body was discovered August 3, 2020 in a field in Charleston Missouri. The hearing on Friday was closed to the public due to concerns from the continuing increase in active cases of COVID-19 infections in the 34th Judicial Circuit. The Circuit returned to Phase Zero of the Supreme Court’s Operational Directives on October 9, 2020. A probable cause statement revealed that Lyons stated they had initially planned to take money and a firearm from Lutes. During the robbery, the man told officers Riggins struck her grandmother with a blade multiple times and admitted to also stabbing the woman with a small knife and knocking her to the floor as the two women fought and Lyons also detailed how they removed the woman from the house and taking her to Charleston, where they abandoned the body. Following the hearing the judge ordered Lyons bound over to Division I of New Madrid County Circuit Court for arraignment on November 24, 2020.  Lyons is being held without bond in the Mississippi County Jail. Riggins was ordered bound over to Division I of New Madrid County Circuit Court following a preliminary hearing on November 19, 2020.


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