Columbia man connected to murder pleads guilty to drug charges
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man originally charged with murder pleaded guilty to a drug charge in Boone County court Friday.
Martrell Smith pleaded guilty Friday morning to possession of a controlled substance and sentenced to seven years in prison.
Smith was arrested last January for his connection to the death of 23-year-old Dontay Tolston.
A woman told the Columbia Police Department she found Tolston on the floor of a Newton Drive residence with a gunshot wound January 2 of last year. Tolston died in the hospital January 3.
Smith's bond was originally set at $1 million.
[Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect the most recent information.]