The Latest: 1988 killing suspect investigated in other cases

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The Latest: 1988 killing suspect investigated in other cases
In this Aug. 19, 2019 booking photo provided by the Lawrence County, Missouri, Sheriff's Office is Lawrence Gene Timmons. Timmons has been indicted in the August 1988, killing of a young mother, Cynthia Smith, of Aurora, Mo., in southwest Missouri. Timmons is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on one count of first-degree murder in the death of Smith, and also faces multiple counts of forgery and unlawful possession of a firearm in unrelated cases.(Lawrence County Sheriff's Office via AP)

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a man charged in the 1988 killing of a southwest Missouri woman (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

Authorities say a Missouri man charged in the 1988 killing of a young mother also is being investigated in at least two other homicides.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that investigators say authorities in Oklahoma, where Timmons once lived, have reopened investigations into the 1994 death of Timmons’ first wife, Deborah Jean Timmons, and the 1998 drowning death of an 11-year-old girl.

Sgt. Melissa Phillips of Lawrence County sheriff’s office in Missouri described Timmons as “an opportunist.”

Timmons, of Pierce City, was indicted Friday on a first-degree murder charge in the killing of 31-year-old Cynthia Smith, of Aurora. Her body was found in August 1988, several days after she was last seen alive leaving a bar with an unknown man.

Timmons previously served three years for kidnapping and assault.

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12:20 p.m.

A 65-year-old man has been charged in the killing of a southwest Missouri woman more than 30 years ago.

Lawrence Gene Timmons, of Pierce City, was indicted Friday and is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday on a first-degree murder charge in the killing of 31-year-old Cynthia Smith, of Aurora.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Smith’s body was found in August 1988, in the Dry Valley Cemetery area near Pierce City, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Springfield, Missouri.

She was last seen about a week earlier leaving a bar with a man. A babysitter filed a missing person’s report when Smith didn’t collect her 4- and 8-year-old sons.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Timmons. He also faces multiple forgery and unlawful firearm possession charges in unrelated cases.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com