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Lawyer: Accused Mo. cop killer with NH criminal past to plead innocent today

August 10. 2017 11:45PM

Missouri Highway Patrol officers searching for suspect Ian McCarthy prepare to drive into a field parked with old mobile homes on the outskirts of Clinton, Mo., earlier this week. (Keith Myers/Kansas City Star/TNS)

CLINTON, Mo. — Ian McCarthy, the man with a long criminal history in New Hampshire who is accused of shooting to death a Clinton, Mo., police officer, will plead innocent to the charges today, according to his public defender.

Meanwhile, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said Thursday that authorities have found the murder weapon they believe was used in the shooting death last Sunday night of Clinton Police Officer Gary Michael, 37.

The rifle was found in a creek about two miles north of Clinton and a second person was charged in the case.

Henry County prosecutors charge William Grant Noble, 35, of Clinton with having thrown the rifle police claim was used by McCarthy into a body of water knowing it had been used in a crime.

McCarthy was arrested Tuesday after bystanders spotted him walking on a highway with a gunshot wound. He was unarmed when taken into custody about 20 miles away from the murder scene, police said.

In 2001, McCarthy was convicted for stabbing a minor in Manchester.

Manchester Police confirmed earlier this week that a warrant was issued here for McCarthy in 2013 for assault.

An active warrant was also issued for his arrest in 2011 on charges of being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon, reckless conduct and disorderly conduct. Additional charges brought against McCarthy during his time in New Hampshire include robberies, simple assault, negligent driving and driving after revocation or suspension.

McCarthy was convicted of stabbing Michael Pawlick, 23 at the time, during a fight involving at least seven young men at Maple and Auburn streets in Manchester during 2001, police said.

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