Henry County, Mo., prosecutors say a Clinton woman failed to tell authorities that an alleged cop killer was in her home hours after Officer Gary Michael was shot.
Brandie Noble, 35, was charged Thursday with hindering prosecution and child endangerment. Prosecutors say Noble’s four children were home when Ian McCarthy — charged with killing Michael — visited her at a time authorities across the region were looking for him.
Michael was fatally wounded Aug. 6, reportedly by a driver he had pulled over for a traffic stop. McCarthy, 39, of Clinton, was arrested after a two-day manhunt. He faces a first-degree murder charge.
According to court records, during an interview with detectives Aug. 7, a day after the shooting, Noble denied seeing McCarthy and said there were no firearms inside her home.
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However, Noble changed her story when she talked to detectives on Wednesday, according to court records. She told them she’d seen McCarthy in her home two hours after the officer’s homicide. She told investigators that she didn’t know when McCarthy left the house.
Prosecutors allege that at no time after Michael was gunned down did Noble try to contact investigators.
Noble’s husband, William Grant Noble, 35, was charged Aug. 10 with tampering with physical evidence for allegedly tossing a rifle used in Michael’s death into a creek about two miles north of Clinton.