Man killed by wife had been charged with domestic assault

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A southeastern Missouri investigator says his department won’t recommend charges against a woman who killed her husband by running him down with a car after he threatened to kill her and a child.

Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Department Capt. David James told the Southeast Missourian ( ) that the investigation so far indicates Lonnie Masters’ wife was acting in self-defense when she hit the Delta man Saturday.

Authorities have said that earlier that day the 45-year-old had abducted his wife and their 4-year-old child, threatening to kill them and himself.

Investigators say that after driving around with them, Masters returned to a residence where the wife was able to escape and get into another vehicle.

Masters was charged in October with domestic assault, unlawful use of a weapon and child endangerment after a dispute in which authorities say Masters put a gun to his wife’s head. An investigator wrote in a probable-cause statement that accompanied that criminal complaint that Masters also grabbed his wife’s arm, dragged her to the bedroom, punched her in the face and took her telephone so she could not call police.

Masters was freed on bond three days after that confrontation, and a judge later granted Masters’ wife a full order of protection, barring Masters from coming within 500 feet of her.