Bland murder suspects back in county’s custody; due to be arraigned on Thursday

Dave Marner
Managing Editor

Both suspects in the Nov. 25 shooting death of Jesse Robbins in Bland were returned to Missouri early Tuesday morning following their extradition from Madison County in north-central Florida.

Gasconade County Sheriff John Romanus said Brooke Allison Buddemeyer and Aaron Michael “Foozball” Lewis were driven back from Florida by two of his deputies and were in custody of the Crawford County Jail in Cuba. Deputies arrived “in the early morning hours” on Tuesday. Deputies left for Florida over the weekend. 

“It was multiple days on the trip,” said Romanus.

Buddemeyer and Lewis both faced second-degree murder charges in connection with the shooting death of Buddemeyer’s step-father in the early-morning hours of Nov. 25 in the trailer park behind Robbins’ residence. Buddemeyer also faces a charge of armed criminal action.

Both are scheduled to be arraigned in Gasconade County Associate Circuit Court Judge Ada Brehe-Krueger at 9:59 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday). 

Online court records indicate Buddemeyer on Dec. 14 filed a request with the court to have a public defender appointed to represent her. That request was forwarded to the public defender’s office and on Dec. 18 Courtney Maurine Harness with the Missouri State Public Defenders Office in Union filed a notice of appearance on Buddemeyer’s behalf.

Court records for Lewis list Harness as his attorney as well.

Buddemeyer is jailed on a warrant requiring a $750,000 cash or surety bond. Lewis is being held on a warrant with a $500,000 cash or surety bond.

The couple was captured on the morning of Dec. 6 after a Madison County deputy sheriff responded to a call about a suspicious car parking along a state highway in the rural Florida county which borders the state of Georgia. Lewis was behind the wheel of a Nissan which had stolen South Carolina license plates.

He drove off and the deputy initiated a pursuit which quickly reached more than 100 miles per hour. Additional deputies and Madison, Fla., municipal police joined in on the pursuit which reached 115 mph through the town of Madison.

Deputies were eventually able to deflate the tires on the car using spike strips. Both Buddemeyer and Lewis were taken into custody without additional problems, the sheriff there reported. Both waived their right to an extradition hearing and agreed to be returned to Missouri.