Man Accused of VA Hospital Murder Heads to Court
BOONE COUNTY - Rudy Perez Jr. is scheduled back in the Boone County Circuit Court Monday for his arraignment.
He is accused of murdering an elderly man in the VA Hospital in February.
VA officials found Robert Hill of Warsaw, Mo. dead at Truman VA Hospital Feb. 1 and the next day Columbia Police took Perez Jr. into custody.
Less than a week later, Perez pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease, citing schizophrenia.
March 4, Perez appeared in court for his first preliminary hearing, but his attorney requested a second hearing so they could continue to look at evidence before the start of the trial.
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