Rumbaugh takes the stand

Rumbaugh

By: 
Steve Smith ssmith@laclederecord.com

CAMDENTON-Jurors in the Matthew Rumbaugh double-murder trial this week heard two very different versions of what happened the early morning of July 8, 2014 when Chad Gerber and his son Riley Gerber were shot.

Chad Gerber died at the scene and Riley Gerber died days later in a hospital from the shooting. Rumbaugh, a former Lebanon businessman, is charged with first-degree murder and is on trial in Camdenton on a change of venue from Laclede County.

Chad Gerber’s wife, Jennifer Gerber, testified Wednesday that Rumbaugh shot the two after breaking into their home on Atlanta Road near Grovespring.

On Thursday, Rumbaugh testified that he was invited to the home by Jennifer Gerber and was present when she shot her husband and her stepson, Riley Gerber.

Rumbaugh testified that he and Jennifer had an affair from 2011 to 2013 and met occasionally after that time period. He said he had given Jennifer Gerber about $20,000 after she falsely claimed to have a brain tumor. He said the affair ended and Jennifer Gerber filed for an order of protection against him, making what he said were false claims about him.

Later on, the two began seeing each other again and he said Jennifer Gerber asked him to come to her house the first night it was storming, the idea being neighbors would be less likely to get up to see who was outside.

For the complete story, see Saturday's edition of the Laclede County Record.

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