- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A southwestern Missouri man is facing a more severe murder charge in the shooting death of his girlfriend.

The Springfield News-Leader (https://sgfnow.co/2pdPBWn ) reports that a Greene County judge on Tuesday approved the request by prosecutors to charge 39-year-old Shawn Turner with first-degree murder. Turner had been charged with second-degree murder.

Prosecutors say they made the decision based on their belief they can prove the killing was premeditated.

Turner allegedly told police he repeatedly shot 31-year-old Kristi Spurlock in their Springfield home in January during an argument over money. He then allegedly shot himself in the head but survived.

Turner is jailed on $750,000 bond.

He’s also charged with armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, https://www.news-leader.com

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