The wife and stepson of slain Klan leader Frank Ancona have both pled not guilty in his death, although more incriminating facts have emerged about the case.
“The wife and stepson of the leader of a Ku Klux Klan group who was fatally shot Feb. 9 pleaded not guilty in St. Francois County Circuit Court Tuesday to murder and other charges.
Both Malissa Ancona, 44, of Leadwood, and Paul Edward Jinkerson Jr., 24, of Belgrade, Mo., face charges of murder, armed criminal action, abandonment of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence in the death of Frank Ancona, 51. Charging documents say Malissa Ancona blamed her son, and that Jinkerson used a 9mm handgun to shoot Frank Ancona in the head while he was asleep in his bed.
But Washington County Coroner Brian DeClue said Friday that Frank Ancona was shot in the head by both a pistol and a shotgun. The shots came at close range, he said.
Authorities recovered both weapons after Malissa Ancona told them where they were, Washington County Sheriff Zach Jacobsen said last week. The pistol had been dumped in the Big River in Washington County and the shotgun in a St. Francois County pond.
Asked about the allegations in the charging documents, St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney Jerrod Mahurin said that they were abbreviated and just enough to hold Malissa Ancona and Jinkerson. He said that he expected more information to come out soon, adding that he’s waiting on more reports from investigators. He also hasn’t decided whether to take the case to a grand jury or bring the case before a judge in a preliminary examination”