Court Documents Detail Cooper Co. Homicide

4 years 2 months 1 day ago Tuesday, October 15 2013 Oct 15, 2013 Tuesday, October 15, 2013 12:05:00 PM CDT October 15, 2013 in News
By: Nick Thompson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COOPER COUNTY - KOMU 8 News obtained court documents Tuesday which explain what investigators learned last week while investigating a Cooper County homicide.

According to the probable cause statement, troopers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and deputies from Cooper County found the body of 32-year-old Satina T. Beckner around 9 a.m. Oct. 9.

A witness told troopers she saw Beckner and two men leaving a motel late on the night of Oct. 8 in a four-door passenger car.

The witness identified one of the men as 23-year-old Bryant L. Holmes Jr., who was arrested last week and charged with first degree murder. The witness identified another man, who is referred to as "PW" in the court documents.

Two hours after leaving the hotel, the Columbia Police department pulled over the vehicle, which was registered to a person referred to as "KM" in the probable cause statement. The statement did not specify why the department pulled over the vehicle.

Columbia Police found the vehicle at KM's house at 2010 Newton Drive Oct. 10, the day after investigators found the body. Police said KM left the house and officers asked her where Holmes was. According to police, KM denied Holmes was inside the residence, but police executed a search and found Holmes.

According to the statement, police searched the car and found a red mist on the exterior and a dark stain on the inside of the vehicle.

KM told investigators she heard Holmes fighting on the phone with someone and the suspect asked her if he could use her vehicle.

KM said Holmes was gone for about two hours and then came back and asked her to go for a ride.

According to the court documents, Holmes then told KM about a physical encounter with the victim and another man. Investigators found no evidence Holmes was stabbed as he claimed.

KM told authorities she saw blood on Holmes' hands, legs and head and said he changed clothes when he got home.

KM said Holmes then told her he had assaulted a female to the point that she was "not coming back" and said she had "been taken care of."

KM said Holmes said he had left the victim's body in a ditch near Fayette.

During the search of the vehicle, investigators said the blood found on the passenger compartment of the vehicle tested positive as the victim's blood.

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