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Cooper County Releases Details Behind Columbia Woman's Murder

Posted: Oct 11, 2013 11:29 AM by Emily Spain, KOMU 8 Anchor
Updated: Oct 11, 2013 1:10 PM

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COOPER COUNTY - The Cooper County Sheriff's Office released more details Friday morning about the murder of 32-year-old Columbia resident Satina Beckner. Deputies arrested 23-year-old Bryant L. Holmes Jr., also of Columbia and charged him with first degree murder and armed criminal action in Beckner's murder.

An autopsy performed Thursday morning determined Beckner died from blunt force trauma.

Sheriff investigators believe Holmes and Beckner had an "intermittent relationship" over the last couple of years. They said they think Holmes drove Beckner sometime overnight Tuesday to the rural gravel road located south of Boonville where they say he killed her.

Holmes' bond is set at $500,000. The sheriff's office has not determined the motive of the crime yet. The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Columbia Police Department assisted with the investigation.

This is not Holmes' first time behind bars. According to on-line court records, Holmes was found guilty of second degree burglary in Boone County in October 2010. He also entered a guilty plea in May 2010 for third degree domestic assault and property damage in the second degree, and received a 30-day jail sentence for each charge.

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