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Independence man charged with stabbing father near Sheldon MO


Kirkham, Richard

An Independence man is in custody after deputies responded to a call of a stabbing in the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 16th. According to Sheriff’s Office Officials, the incident took place on 1725 Road near Sheldon Mo where the suspect, who has been identified as 28-year-old Richard A Kirkham, was arrested at the scene of the incident. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher says Kirkham was the son of the victim and believes the stabbing took place after Kirkham broke into his father’s residence. Mosher said the victim was treated at the hospital and is expected to recover.


Warrants were issued Tuesday afternoon charging Kirkham with:

  • 1st Degree Assault
  • Armed Criminal Action
  • 2nd Degree Domestic Assault
  • 1st Degree Burglary

Kirkham is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $75,000 cash only bond.   


*This press release has been issued by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office for information only. Any names given in this release are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.