Charges have been filed against a local man accused of murdering his son-in-law during a domestic dispute Saturday evening.

Clinton Wheeler, 49, of rural Park Hills, is being charged with a class A felony of murder in the first degree and felony armed criminal action.

According to the probable cause statement, at 11:20 p.m. Saturday in the 1600 block of Ellis Road, Wheeler "engaged" his son-in-law, Christopher Goodman, 22, "in a physical confrontation."

The report says Wheeler and Goodman both lived at the address. In preparation for the confrontation Wheeler retrieved a semi-automatic pistol from his bedroom and placed it in his back pocket.

During the fight, James Lowry, also a resident of the home, attempted to help Wheeler. Goodman was unarmed and Wheeler had a pistol that was loaded. Wheeler fired the gun during the struggle with Goodman, striking Lowry and Goodman both.

Lowry was taken to Mercy Hospital Jefferson for a gunshot wound to the hand and Goodman was pronounced dead at the scene by St. Francois County Coroner Jim Coplin.

Wheeler is being held in the St. Francois County Jail on a $1 million cash or surety bond.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or