Man Accused of Murdering Long-Time Trucker Surrenders to Police
O’Fallon, MO – The suspect in the alleged murder of a long-time trucker over the weekend has reportedly turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Local outlet FOX2 reported 39-year-old Joshua David O’Keefe, of Troy, MO, surrendered on Wednesday afternoon at the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Troop C headquarters in Weldon Spring.
O’Keefe was wanted in connection with the murder of Ron Lawson, 68, of Winfield, MO.
As Transportation Nation Network (TNN) reported, the incident occurred Sunday morning along Highway 40/Interstate 64 in O’Fallon, MO, just west of Route K.
Witnesses claim the two men exited their personal vehicles along the shoulder of the westbound lanes in an apparent road rage encounter.
In a probable cause statement, authorities state O’Keefe “ran towards” Lawson and “punched him in the face.”
Lawson fell to the asphalt and was struck “at least one additional time,” before O’Keefe picked him up and placed him back inside Lawson’s dark blue Ford F150 pickup truck.
O’Keefe fled the scene before officers arrived and located Lawson unconscious.
He was taken a local hospital where he later succumb to his injuries.
A series of tips eventually led officials to positively identifying O’Keefe as the suspect in Lawson’s death.
On Tuesday, a warrant was issued for his arrest by the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for first-degree assault and second-degree murder.
O’Keefe’s wife and employer claimed to not know his whereabouts.
He remained at-large until he allegedly surrendered on Wednesday afternoon.
O’Keefe’s criminal history spans two decades.
Most recently, he was involved in a physical altercation on July 4, 2020, which led to him being on probation.
A GoFundMe for Lawson’s family has raised $7,900 for funeral expenses.