CAMDENTON, Missouri- The Camden County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that Steven Endelsy was arrested for double murder. Endsley has been charged in connection with the deaths of 27 year old Danielle M Smith and her mother, 61 year old Teresa A Jackson, both found deceased after a suspicious fire.
They say at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 3rd, deputies and detectives from the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, working closely with the Missouri State Highway Patrol SWAT team and the Jefferson City Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation detained the suspect.
Smith’s and Jackson’s bodies were discovered in the remains of their burned out trailer home on the morning of August 29th. Their identities had not been released until their next of kin were notified. Endsley was their next door neighbor and, according to witnesses, had been in an ongoing disagreement with Smith over her sexual orientation. The FBI is assisting the CCSO in investigating the possibility of the murders being a hate crime linked to that disagreement.
Two other adult members of Endsley’s family were taken into custody for questioning at the time of his arrest. Neither of those family members have been charged with a crime, so their identities will not be released pending the results of the continuing investigation, the agency stated.
Steven R Endsley is charged with two counts of the Class A Felony of 1st Degree Murder, two counts of Felony Armed Criminal Action, one count of the Class B Felony of 1st Degree Burglary, and one count of the Class C Felony of 2nd Degree Arson. Endsley is being held without bond and will appear before the court on October 4th.