Novelty man, a former St. Louis police officer, facing second-degree murder charges in Knox County shooting

Glenn Cecil Head (Submitted Photo)
Posted: Dec. 12, 2012 9:24 am Updated: Jan. 2, 2013 9:08 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

NOVELTY, Mo. — A former St. Louis police officer was charged with second-degree murder Wednesday in connection with the Tuesday shooting death of a Novelty man in rural Knox County.

Knox County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jo Fortney said Glenn C. Head, 58, was charged with the Class A felony. According to Missouri statue, a Class A felony is punishable for a term of not less than 10 years and not to exceed 30 years or life imprisonment. He was also charged with armed criminal action, an unclassified felony.

Head, who resides in Novelty, is accused of killing 67-year-old William Bacon during a Tuesday afternoon altercation.

According to the probable cause statement filed by Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Amanda Sapp, the Knox County Sheriff's Department responded to a call for service from Bacon at 2:59 p.m. Tuesday. The report said Bacon was requesting assistance regarding a trespasser on his property in rural Knox County, southwest of Novelty.

A second call was received by the Knox County Sheriff's Department about a shooting at the same site at 3:15 p.m.

When deputies arrived on the scene near Knox County Road 312, deputies said they found Bacon laying on the ground with a bullet wound to the chest. Bacon was pronounced dead at 4:56 p.m. Tuesday in the emergency room of Kirksville Regional Medical Center.

The report said Head told Knox County Sheriff Michael Kite and Missouri State Trooper Craig Reichert that he had shot Bacon after an altercation. Police did not say what kind of weapon was used.

Head is a graduate of Knox County High School. He is a former police officer with the St. Louis Metro Police Department. According to department records, Head worked for the force from September 1977 through October 1988. He received an accidental disability retirement.

Novelty is 12.5 miles south of Edina in southwestern Knox County.

Head is being lodged in the Adair County Jail in lieu of $250,000 cash-only bond.


Editor's note: This story has been updated since its original posting.