The Henry County, MO Prosecutor's office says in a news release that the Court has issued a ruling and finds probable cause on all counts against a Clinton woman who is charged in the shooting death of Clinton Police officer Ryan Morton.

37-year old Tammy Widger is charged with 1st Degree Murder, two counts of 1st Degree Assault, Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver, and Keeping a Public Nuisance.

Widger's rental home was the site of the fatal shooting of Clinton officer Ryan Morton on March 6. She had previously been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Prosecutors say the murder charge was added because Morton was killed "as a result of" Widger's drug crime.

Morton was wounded after being sent to the wrong house while responding to a 911 call made from another town. The suspect, James Waters, then barricaded himself inside the home. By the time officers got to Morton hours later, he was dead, along with Waters.

A preliminary hearing for Widger was held June 15. The Court heard about 3 hours of testimony and issued the ruling that Widger be bound on all counts.

An arraignment for Widger is scheduled for July 9.

The Associated Press and the Clinton Daily Democrat contributed to this report.

Officer Ryan Morton
Missouri State Highway Patrol

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