Prosecutor drops charges against Songer

Update, October 10, 2013:

Adair County Prosecutor Matt Wilson released a statement to KTVO Thursday morning saying in part......"I just want to emphasize that the decision to dismiss the charges against Mr. Songer were made by me after a close review of the facts and application to current case law. After that review and application I determined that the State could not proceed with criminal charges against Mr. Songer for the reason that I could not prove that he took any substantial step in an effort to cause serious physical injury."

We also received a statement from Jon Hurd, Human Resources Assistant Manager at Ortech, on Thursday. Hurd said Songer had approached him at one point and asked if guns could be kept in a vehicle on Ortech property. Hurd said he told Songer he knew some employees in the past had kept hunting rifles in their vehicles during deer season and no action was taken against them, but that guns are definitely not allowed in the Ortech building.

"Nobody ever said, 'Yes, David, you can have guns on company property,'" Hurd said.

Hurd said he later reviewed company policy and found guns were not permitted on company property, but said he did not have a followup conversation with Songer regarding the issue because Songer was no longer employed.

"He had already been terminated from employment due to the incident," Hurd said.


Charges have been dropped in the case of a northeast Missouri man who was accused of threatening to blow up a Kirksville factory and shoot and kill multiple employees.

Adair County Prosecutor Matt Wilson told KTVO Wednesday that he was forced to drop charges against David Songer,48, of Kirksville, because he did not have the necessary evidence to proceed with the case.

Songer was charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action and making a terrorist threat in connection with an early May incident at Ortech in Kirksville, where Songer worked.

Court documents said that through text messages to one of his family members, Songer had stated that he was going to blow up his workplace and shoot three managers.

Wilson said he later learned through interviews with managers, that Songer had earlier been given permission to have guns and ammunition in his vehicle on company property.

The prosecutor says Songer did not take any weapons into the plant on the day of his arrest.

Wilson did say the charges against Songer were dismissed in such a way that they could be re-filed if additional evidence is brought forward in the case.