Manuel gets life behind bars for Republic murder

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Christopher Manuel

Killer stabbed local landlord to death in 2017 incident
A Republic man was sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder on Friday, Jan. 21. Christopher Brock Manuel, 39, was sentenced at the Greene County Justice Center for killing Bill Dauzat, also of Republic. Manuel was also sentenced to 20 years in prison for armed criminal action in the killing of Dauzat; the sentences will run concurrently.
The Commonwealth previously reported that on Sept. 23, 2017, members of the Republic Police Department were dispatched to a rental property owned by Dauzat after receiving a 911 call. There, they found him unconscious and bleeding from multiple stab wounds to his body. Dauzat was taken to the emergency room at Cox South Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.
Officers investigating the crime later spoke with Dauzat’s wife, Cathy, who told them that Dauzat was supposed to be meeting someone named someone named “Chris” at the property; she also gave the officers Dauzat’s cell phone. The officers located several texts on the phone between Dauzat and “Chris.” In the last one, Chris told Dauzat, “I’m at the house now. I’ll wait, buddy.”
One of the investigating officers also spoke with the witness who called 911. She said she and her husband were on their way home when they saw Dauzat and another man fighting in the backyard of the rental property, and the other man struck Dauzat in the back repeatedly with what she thought were fists. She also said she pulled her vehicle into a nearby driveway and began honking her horn. At that point, she said, the man fled while Dauzat fell to the ground.
According to the probable cause statement, Manuel was known to the department from having threatened to harm and kill other people in the past, and he was known to always carry a fixed-blade knife.
Police also spoke to Manuel’s roommate, who said that they walked to Walmart together to cash their paychecks. A video who a security camera showed Manuel carrying a knife as they walked to Walmart.
The roommate also said Manuel went out that night to meet a person and give them a quote about some HVAC work. When he came home, the roommate said, he had been stabbed, but did not want to call the police. The roommate also said he found it odd that Manuel was saying he was giving an HVAC quote, because Manuel didn’t do that kind of work and didn’t have the tools for it.
Manuel was arrested the day after Dauzat’s murder; he was found guilty of the charges against him following a two-day bench trial in November of 2021.
After his sentencing, Manuel was remanded back to the Greene County Jail, where he has been held since his arrest, pending his transfer to the Missouri Department of Corrections.


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