Original story: 8/18/16
Edward M. Gutting, 43, has been charged with second degree murder in the attack on Marc F. Cooper, 66 in Springfield, Missouri. Nancy Cooper, Mr. Cooper’s wife, stated that and intruder, Gutting, stormed into their home unannounced. He made his way into the living room and continually stabbed Mr. Cooper. Mrs. Cooper was injured in the attack but did not suffer life-threatening injuries.
Guting was an instructor in classical languages and Marc Cooper was an emeritus history professor. Both men worked at Missouri Sate University. Gutting has been placed on administrative leave. Police are still investigating. Source: KSPR ABC 33: MSU instructor is charged for murder of emeritus professor
Update: 8/23/16: Gutting known as mild-mannered
Gutting’s colleagues did not expect that he was capable of his attack on Cooper. He did not associate often with fellow professors often. However, his students rated him as a very good teacher. Gutting’s wife also worked at the university. When the school hired her, she asked if they could find a position for her husband as well. Investigators are still unsure of what motivated such an attack on Cooper. Gutting has been charged in his murder. Source: Springfield News-Leader: MSU instructor charged with murder, went to Princeton, kept to himself, colleagues say
Update: 8/31/16: Missouri professor house searched
Police searched the home of Gutting. They seized five computers and a kitchen knife block from the home. Police are looking for a motive behind the killing. Gutting’s attorneys have sought a psychological exam for their client as they believe he is unable to assist in his own defense. Source: The Kansas City Star: Home of Missouri professor charged in killing searched