Willow Springs Man Charged with Burglary, Drug Charges

Billy Messex, 28, of Willow Springs, has been charged with first degree burglary and felony possession of a controlled substance following an interaction with the Willow Springs Police Department in the early morning hours of September 6. 
According to a probable cause statement filed by Officer Ben Bishop, he responded to a trailer house on South Highway 76 at approximately 3:00 a.m. for a report of a suicidal man with a gun. 
When he arrived, Officer Bishop spoke to a man, Messex, who was standing outside with a female child in his arms. The officer detained him and recovered a loaded firearm from the front seat of his vehicle as well as a knife in his back pocket. 
Officer Bishop spoke with a woman, the owner of the residence, as well as her two guests, a man and different woman, Messex’s former spouse. The homeowner stated Messex broke into the house and shoved her aside in the process. Messex made homicidal and suicidal statements to his ex-wife in the presence of the several children who were in the house. 
Messex was transported to Howell County Jail. 
On a tip from a witness and with the necessary permission obtained, Officer Bishop searched Messex’s vehicle. Hidden in the vehicle, the officer found three small baggies containing a clear crystalized substance, a bag containing hydrocodone tablets, and two small bags containing a powdery white substance. 
Messex was held on a bond of $7,500 until September 10, when he posted his bond. His release carries with it the conditions he is not to contact any of the witnesses in this matter or to approach the address of the incident.
by Amanda Mendez, publisher


Howell County News

110 W. Main St.,
Willow Springs, MO 65793

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