Rossing's alleged kidnapper now charged with murder

More than 5 months after Christopher Rossing went missing, his alleged kidnapper is being charged with second-degree murder.

Rossing encountered Robert Nuttall at a Howard Lake bar and later fought with him on the street late this summer. Two months later, burned bone and teeth fragments were found in a fire pit where Nuttall was living with his girlfriend, Gwen Butcher.

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Nuttall was previously only charged with kidnapping. The amended complaint includes new revelations about the case, that the bones found were male, and "fresh and could not be […] from older bones."

In addition, the teeth fragments were not positively identified, but were "consistent" with Rossing's records. Plus, charges say Butcher saw Nuttall next to a fire in her fire pit the night Rossing vanished.

According to charges, Nuttall's punches caused Rossing "significant trauma to his face and head." The assault left him unresponsive and unconscious, and the bodily harm led to his death.

Nuttall's pretrial hearing is slated to take place Tuesday morning.

Family statement

"Today has been a good day for our family...murder charges have given us a huge sense of relief. The wheels of justice are spinning in the right direction!" Rossing's family said in a statement.


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