A criminal motion hearing and arraignment are scheduled for tomorrow in Phelps County for 38-year-old Michael Billingsley of Beulah, Missouri. Billingsley is charged with second-degree murder, domestic assault, and abandonment of a corpse in the death of Vanessa Bradfield of Beulah in Southern Phelps County on August 21st. Judge Kenneth Clayton denied a bond modification for Billingsley. It was determined during the hearing that Billingsley is a flight risk.
Investigators say Billingsley admitted the two slapped each other during an argument when Bradfield fell to the ground, where she died.
Billingsley admitted to attempting CPR after finding her an hour later. They say he admitted to leaving home because he had an active warrant.
Billingsley remains in the Phelps County Jail in Rolla with no bond.
Billingsley’s father, 66-year-old Douglas Billingsley of Exline, Iowa, faces a tampering with evidence charge in the case and is free on a 20,000 dollars bond.