Murder Suspect in Jail After Being Released From Hospital

The suspect in a late October domestic violence homicide has been cleared for confinement and released from a local hospital after being treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

David Allen Karnes, 54, of Ruch, is now lodged at the Jackson County Jail. Karnes was arraigned today on charges of second-degree murder for the October 20 shooting death of his estranged wife, Constance Maria Murphy, 54, of Ruch.

He has also been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

Karnes’ next scheduled court date is a pre-trial conference on February 14, 2022.


Further information will come from the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

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