An Iron County man was arraigned Wednesday morning for the murder of Thomas Ventimiglia, 35, who was shot and killed in Iron County at approximately 1:30 a.m. Monday morning.

Iron County Sheriff Roger Medley said William “Billy” King, the shooter, hasn’t said much or talked to them about what happened.

“We interviewed him yesterday after he was brought in and the only thing we did get, was that he did shoot him,” said Medley. “It’s not really clear as why he shot (Ventimiglia) or some of the circumstances of what happened.”

Medley doesn’t believe they will get anything more out of him since he now has a public defender and they advised him not to talk.

“He was arraigned this morning before Judge Sid Pearson on the charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and felon in possession of a firearm,” said Medley. “Wayne County Judge Randy P. Schuller was filling in for our judge who was out and he signed off on the initial warrants.”

According to police reports, early Monday morning at 1:30 a.m. on Highway 21 near the intersection of County Road 96 Ventimiglia, was shot and subsequently died from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest.

On Tuesday morning King’s vehicle was found abandoned at Snow Hollow Lake and at 1 p.m. King was found a short distance away from where the murder occurred near the intersection of Highway 21 and Route N.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol found him and brought him into custody. Medley said King basically gave himself up because he was cold and was wet.

“He didn’t really have any place to go and was still in the area where he spent the night,” said Medley. “He just never left the general area. He was just ready to give up and get warm.”

Medley added when then the shooting occurred, King was in his SUV and Ventimiglia was standing outside of it.

King is being held in the Iron County Jail with no bond.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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