Knob Noster man charged with murder in wife's death

A Knob Noster man has been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of his wife.

Anthony Garcia, 23, of Knob Noster shot his wife, Danielle R. Garcia, 24, at first reporting the incident as a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head, authorities said. He was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action Saturday afternoon.

Johnson County sheriff's deputies were dispatched at 1:11 a.m. Saturday to 17 S.E. 971 Road in Knob Noster. Deputies found Danielle on the kitchen floor with a gunshot wound to the head.She was pronounced dead at the scene by Johnson County Coroner C.L. Holdren at 2:15 a.m.

Sheriff Chuck Heiss said Monday that officers were called to the scene by the victim's parents who live across the street from the couple. Heiss did not offer a motive in the shooting and declined to discuss how investigators determined the injury was not self-inflicted.

A Taurus .38-caliber revolver was located at the scene.

Anthony was booked into the Johnson County Jail and remains in custody on a $250,000 bond. Investigation into the case continues. If convicted, Anthony faces a sentence of 10 to 30 years or life imprisonment for second-degree murder, and three years without the chance of parole for the armed criminal action charge.

Johnson County Sheriff's deputies were assisted at the scene by members of the Knob Noster police and fire departments, Johnson County Ambulance District and the Missouri Highway Patrol.