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First Degree Murder Charges Sought in Suspicious Death

By: Michael Greeley
Posted: Monday, April 01, 2013

18-year old Andros Valentin-Vargas died from asphyxiation by strangulation according to the Taney County Coroner’s Office. The Taney County Prosecutor’s Office is now seeking additional charges to file against 24-year old Sean David Roberson for homicide and resisting arrest.

According to the probable cause statement, at about 3:37 p.m. Friday, Valentin-Vargas was found dead in a bathtub covered with water. He had strangulation marks to the neck and cuts to his body from a sharp instrument.

The alleged homicide occurred at 3515 Arlene Street in Branson. The victim’s brother arrived home and was chased from an apartment just before 2:45 p.m. by Roberson, who was trying to injure him with a knife. Roberson allegedly made statements in public a month prior that he intended to kill him and his family.

Roberson fled from the scene of the alleged crime and was located in Lake Taneycomo. He was ordered to come out of the water but refused to comply with their orders. He was taken into custody near Belladonna Trail at the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery below the dam at Table Rock Lake. A forensic Pathologist has confirmed the cause of death.

Roberson is being held in Taney County jail with charges of Assault, Armed Criminal Action and Burglary. The warrant has no bond.

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