Richard Emery convicted of murdering the St. Charles Co. family

ST. CHARLES, Mo. – A jury convicted a St. Charles County man who killed four people from the same family, including two children, just days after Christmas 2018.

Richard Darren Emery has been found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his girlfriend, 39-year-old Kate Kasten, their two children from a previous relationship, 10-year-old Jonathan and 8-year-old Zoe, and Kate’s mother , 61-year-old Jane Moeckel.

Ahead of Friday’s verdict, Emery testified for several hours Thursday in his own defense, punctuated by the occasional sob. He claimed he didn’t know what happened on the night of December 28, 2018.

According to Emery, he left a bar in St Peters just after 11pm to return to Kate. A text message thread previously cited in court suggested the two could have sex. Arriving back at the house, Emery recalls Jonathan in the kitchen trying to show him a ready-made Lego set he had just bought for Christmas. Emery remembers that moment, but went to the shower as soon as he returned. Once he got out and was in a bedroom, Emery said Kate started arguing that he didn’t give Jonathan’s Lego project enough credit.

“It seemed very out of the blue. She didn’t seem like the kind of person who would start a fight,” Emery testified.

An argument then ensued, Emery said, during which she recalled telling Kate something along the lines of, “I can’t do anything right” or “No matter what I do, it’s not good enough.” He said Kate told him to ‘Get these [expletive] out of my house” and slapped him in the face.

According to Emery’s testimony, the two got into a fight that resulted in him grabbing her and punching her. As the situation escalated, Emery recalls going to a gun cabinet and pulling out a handgun.

“It started. …You don’t understand what’s going on… How did that get over there, we were in the bathroom. We fought, it made no sense.”

Before midnight, an emergency call was made by Kate’s mother, who was also at the house and heard the disturbance. Emery claims he remembers gunshots but says he didn’t shoot Kate, Jonathan, Zoe and Jane on purpose.

“This whole process, I don’t know what’s happening. I mean, I’m there, but I’m not there,” Emery said.

Emery’s state defense attorney is bringing a disability case before the jury alleging that Emery had been previously diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and had no control over himself at the time of the murders.

After the murders of Kate Kasten and her family, investigators said Emery exchanged gunfire with police and attempted to ambush a woman while she was trying to escape. Investigators said Emery stabbed this woman seven times, including five times in the chest. She survived this attack.

Emery was arrested in a St. Charles QuikTrip bathroom the morning after the shooting and suffered gunshot wounds. Authorities believe he was injured in the shootout with police.

After hours of cross-examination by prosecutors Thursday, Emery’s defense attorney asked her sobbing client, “Darren, did you kill your family on purpose?”

“No! I miss her so much!” he said.

“Darren… do you take full responsibility for what happened?”

“Yes. It was all my fault!” he said.

The trial began on September 20th. The prosecutors initially expected the process to last about two and a half weeks.

https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/richard-emery-convicted-in-deaths-of-four-from-st-charles-co-family/ Richard Emery convicted of murdering the St. Charles Co. family

Sarah Y. Kim

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