Posted: Jun 26, 2014 10:19 AM by Tori Chamberlain, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
Updated: Jun 26, 2014 2:26 PM
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Attorney General's Office filed a motion Thursday asking a Cole County court to delay the release of Anthony Williams, a St. Louis man whose murder conviction was overturned June 19. People gathered in St. Louis Thursday to rally in support of Williams.
A Cole County judge overturned Williams' conviction last week.
Before his conviction was overturned, Williams was serving a life sentence without parole for the shooting of 14-year-old Cortez Andrews during a post-dance brawl early the morning of December 31, 1993. The Associated Press reports the state presented Courtney Andrews' witness testimony at trial in 1995. Andrews told the jury he had not had any problems with Williams at school and that Williams was the shooter.
The original prime suspect in the case was cleared and Williams was identified in a photo line-up in December 1993. Williams was 14 at the time but stood trial as an adult. A jury found him guilty of first-degree murder.
A Cole County judge threw out Williams' conviction June 19, 2014 citing testimony by the victim's identical twin, linking another suspect to the fatal shooting.
Circuit Judge Daniel Green ruled that Anthony Williams, now 34, must either be released from the Jefferson City Correctional Center within 15 days or allowed to return to St. Louis for another trial should prosecuting attorney Jennifer Joyce refile charges. The Attorney General's Office is now requesting a delay in the process.
[This story has been updated to clarify information about the overturned conviction. The headline has also been changed.]
Posted 2:08 PM 11/26/2015 by Annie Hammock, KOMU 8 Reporter and Nicole Cooke, Sedalia Democrat Reporter
COLUMBIA - A fire in Sedalia gutted two homes and others were burning Thursday at Fourth Street near Missouri Avenue. Dramatic pictures and video from the scene show flames and heavy smoke.
Sedalia Democrat reporter Nicole Cooke said no one was hurt.
Posted 1:55 PM 11/26/2015 by Kolbie Satterfield, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA – An expected 650 people were fed a full Thanksgiving meal today thanks to the annual “Everybody Eats” program.
There were 59 turkeys and 11 hams prepared the day before Thanksgiving to feed the crowd, head chef Bill Sullivan said.
For two of the many (More)
Posted 12:09 PM 11/26/2015 by The Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield police said an officer shot and killed a man during a struggle over the officer's gun.
Police on Thursday identified the man who was killed as 23-year-old Magnum E. Phillips, of Springfield. Police said in a news release that the shooting happened (More)
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Posted 10:31 AM 11/26/2015 by The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY (AP) - Arrests for drunken boating on Missouri waterways have fallen by 63 percent since the Missouri State Water Patrol merged with the Highway Patrol.
State records show that arrests for boating while intoxicated fell from 352 in 2010, the last year before the merger, to (More)
Posted 10:22 AM 11/26/2015 by Annisa Budiman, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA - As people are preparing for their Thanksgiving feast, shoppers are planning to get the best deals for Black Friday. Many stores are again starting Black Friday sales early on Thursday this year.
KOMU 8 talked to shoppers at Walmart and Best Buy about their plans for (More)
Posted 9:40 AM 11/26/2015 by Eric Yount, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
BOONE COUNTY - An early morning fire broke out in a house at 6399 Old Village Road Thursday.
Battalion Chief Gale Blomenkamp of the Boone County Fire Protection District said a couch caught fire in the living room, causing smoke and heat damage throughout the room. The woman living there and her two dogs were able to escape without injury.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Posted 8:41 AM 11/26/2015 by Eric Yount, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
MEXICO - Mexico Public Safety arrested a man early Thursday morning in connection to a shooting in Mexico.
The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to calls of a man being shot just before 2 a.m. Thursday and found a 32-year-old man in the road in the 900 block of Carrico Street. (More)
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Posted 6:56 AM 11/26/2015 by The Associated Press
SPARTA (AP) - A southwest Missouri police chief has been placed on leave after killing a pit bull.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that Sparta Police Chief Andrew Spencer was placed on leave Tuesday.
A police report says a resident told Spencer earlier this month that (More)
Posted 5:40 AM 11/26/2015 by The Associated Press
OZARK (AP) - A Missouri woman has been found dead after shooting at bail bondsmen and exchanging gunfire with law enforcement.
Sgt. Jason Pace, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, identified the woman killed Wednesday afternoon as Somer Brook Speer, of Ozark. She also is a bondwoman (More)