Dan and Sandra Chapman. Dan Chapman, arrested Aug. 17, is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of his wife on Aug. 11 at their Cabool business.

A Cabool man charged with murdering his wife is set to be in Texas County Associate Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing Tuesday. 

Daniel W. Chapman, 55, is accused of gunning down his wife in their Cabool convenience store in August.

A probable cause statement, signed by Sgt. Jerald Sigman of the Cabool Police Department, shed light into the alleged murder.

According to a witness, the Chapmans were inside the gas station on U.S. Business 60, when a gentleman pulled up to the door. He told authorities he took two steps toward the business before he was waved off by Dan Chapman. The witness said wife Sandy Chapman ran toward the front door, and he saw Dan Chapman fire a shot at her with a black semi-automatic pistol.

The witness said he heard at least four more shots fired as he ran for safety at a nearby car wash.

After about five minutes, the witness told police he saw Dan Chapman leave the parking lot in a truck. It was the last eyewitness account of Chapman’s whereabouts before his capture in Colorado.

Chapman, who is represented by John H. Kizer of Springfield, remains in the Texas County Jail.


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