Columbia man accused of first-degree murder set for trial

2 years 11 months 6 days ago Sunday, January 11 2015 Jan 11, 2015 Sunday, January 11, 2015 11:02:00 AM CST January 11, 2015 in News
By: Kimaya Davis, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - A man accused of first-degree murder will stand trial Monday morning in Boone County. 

James Thompson is accused of first degree murder of Brian Daniels of Columbia. Columbia Police responded to a call on April 10, 2013 at 2416 Cimarron Drive in Columbia.

When authorities arrived they found Brian Daniels dead. In an interview with KOMU 8 News on April 11, 2103, Thompson and his mother, Jacqueline Miller, said they found Daniels dead after returning to the house for the first time in 24 hours.

According to the interview, Thompson said he arrived in St. Charles around 8:00 p.m. on April 9, 2013 to visit a friend and buy a bathtub the following morning.

But according to cell phone records obtained by the Columbia Police Department, Thompson made a phone call after midnight on April 10, 2013 from Columbia.

The first call he made from the St. Charles area was around 6:15 a.m. on April 10, 2013.

According to the probable cause statement, the friend Thompson visited in St Charles was Glenn Anderson.

The statement said Anderson originally told authorities that Thompson arrived around 8:00 p.m. on April 9, 2013.

Anderson then told authorities he had lied and when Anderson went to bed around 11:30 p.m. on April 9, 2013 Thompson had not yet arrived.

When Anderson woke up on April 10, 2013, Thompson was asleep on the couch.

The statement said when authorities were interviewing Anderson, he made a call to Thompson and told him that he was being interviewed by Columbia police detectives.

During the phone call, the statement said Thompson asked Anderson if the detectives were asking whether Thompson owned any guns.

Columbia Police later served a search warrant to Thompson and said when searching his car, they found an ammunition clip that was missing three bullets.

Daniels had three gun shot wounds in his body when police arrived to the scene.

In the interview with KOMU 8 News, Thompson said he had keys to the house and claimed to live with Daniels as his partner.

But in the probable cause statement, the Columbia police talked about prior 911 calls involving the residence at 2416 Cimarron Drive.

One of the incidents had Daniels claiming Thompson had been stealing items from the house and pawning them at local pawn shops. Daniels informed authorities that he changed the locks on April 5, 2013.

Thompson is not the only one arrested in the connection to the murder.

Alleged accomplice Christopher Hurt is accused of hindering prosecution and possession of a controlled substance.

Glenn Anderson is accused of hindering the persecution of a felony after lying about the whereabouts of James Thompson's alibi on April 9, 2013, the night of the murder.

Casey Lewis faces a first degree murder charge for his involvement in the April 10, 2013 incident in which police said Thompson paid Lewis to shoot Daniels.

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