Springfield, Mo. – The Springfield Police Department Homicide Unit has identified two Springfield residents, Ronald L. Curnow, 23, and Payne R. Morse, 22, as suspects in the May 3 homicide of Jimmie E. Johnson III.
On May 3, 2023, Morse was arrested. The case was presented to the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office and Morse was charged with being a Felon Possession of a Firearm and Tampering with Evidence. Morse is being held in the Greene County Jail with a $50,000 bond.
On May 4, 2023, Curnow was arrested. The Greene County Prosecutor’s Office reviewed the case and Curnow was charged with 1st Degree Murder and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Curnow is being held in the Greene County Jail with no bond.
The Greene County Prosecutor’s Office cautions that the charges contained in the felony complaint are merely allegations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
On May 3, 2023, at 1:54 a.m., Springfield Police Department officers responded to a report of someone who had been shot behind a residence at 2304 N. National Ave. When officers arrived, they located a man lying in the back yard with a gunshot wound.
The victim, 42-year-old Jimmie E. Johnson III, from Springfield, was transported to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Johnson’s family has been notified.
A suspect has not yet been identified in this case.
Detectives continue to investigate and are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810. To make an anonymous tip, call Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477) or go online at p3tips.com.
This is Springfield’s fifth homicide investigation in 2023.
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Case number: 23-12980
Media Contact: PAO Cris Swaters
Release authorized by Lt. Bryan Welch