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More details emerge in Cass County killing

Updated: 2012-12-04T05:44:56Z

By DONALD BRADLEY

The Kansas City Star

Prosecutors on Monday released more details in the case of a Cass County woman charged with shooting and killing her husband last week outside a camper trailer at the couple’s business in the south part of Harrisonville.

Billie B. Campbell, 55, is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Eldon “Rocky” Campbell, 60, of Harrisonville. She is being held on $1 million bond.

Billie Campbell had filed for divorce in April. She and her husband had been granted protection orders against each other.

According to court documents, about 8 p.m. Thursday, a man in Omaha, Neb., called the Cass County sheriff’s office and said his wife — Billie Campbell’s daughter — had just received a telephone call from her mother, who told her that she had just shot the victim and had taken a bottle of Xanax.

Deputies went to Campbell Fire Protection in the 27000 block of Southeast Outer Road along U.S. 71 and found Eldon Campbell on the ground with a gunshot wound. He was later pronounced dead at Cass Regional Medical Center.

A witness told investigators that she had been inside the camper trailer when the shooting occurred and had fled on foot. The woman provided a description of the shooter.

Another caller then told of a motor vehicle accident involving a black Cadillac Escalade, a vehicle driven by Billie Campbell. Deputies found Campbell slumped over the steering wheel and “suffering from a possible overdose of alcohol and prescription medication,” documents said.

The next day at a hospital, Billie Campbell allegedly told a detective that she “wished that she could take it all back” and that she didn’t know what she had done with the gun.

During a search of Campbell’s home that day, detectives found an empty box for a revolver believed to be the same type used in the shooting. The gun and ammunition had been purchased Aug. 13, according to a receipt. Five of the 25 bullets were missing.

To reach Donald Bradley, call 816-234-4182 or send email to dbradley@kcstar.com.

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