Posted: Mar 31, 2014 12:30 PM by Lee Anne Denyer, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Mar 31, 2014 2:21 PM
COLUMBIA - Spencer M. Gordon pleaded guilty Monday for killing a woman and leaving a man in a coma after he crashed his car into their truck in 2012.
Gordon said in his testimony Monday, he drank several beers before driving his 2000 Volkswagen Beetle around midnight on Dec. 6, 2012. The 2012 investigation by the Columbia Police Department revealed Gordon, who was 20 at the time, drove southbound on Providence Road near the Hickson Creek Bridge before he lost control of his vehicle and struck Michael Tufts' truck. Both vehicles lost control, but the truck struck the center median barrier and overturned several times. Columbia Police said Gordon's car spun, but did not overturn.
Passenger Michelle Morrow, 24, and the driver Michael Tufts, 22, were ejected from the Ford F-150. Morrow died the next day at University Hospital. Tufts remains in a coma. A third passenger, John Kalogeris, 21, was also injured.
Gordon pleaded guilty to one charge of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of assault before his family and the victim's families at Boone County Courthouse Monday.
The state recommended Gordon receive a seven year sentence. After the recommendation, Gordon's lawyer recommended the judge consider a 559 Treatment Plan.
If Gordon receives a 559 Treatment Plan, a judge would review a report from the Department of Corrections after Gordon is incarcerated for 120 days. The judge can then decide if he will be released on probation or finish his sentence. There is no guarantee a judge will consider the report, but the option is possible.
The case was initially scheduled to be heard by Boone County Circuit Judge Gary Oxenhandler, but before hearing the case, the judge recused himself because he knew the Murrow family. Boone County Circuit Judge Christine Carpenter heard the case in his place.
Gordan is scheduled to be sentenced June 2nd.
Posted 5:53 PM 11/21/2015 by Luke Slabaugh, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter
COLUMBIA - The dust is settling on one of the most eventful Novembers mid-Missouri has seen.
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Posted 5:39 PM 11/26/2015 by The Associated Press
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Posted 5:34 PM 11/26/2015 by The Associated Press
FORT LEONARD WOOD (AP) — Fort Leonard Wood dished out more than five tons of turkey for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.
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Posted 2:08 PM 11/26/2015 by Annie Hammock, KOMU 8 Reporter and Nicole Cooke, Sedalia Democrat Reporter
COLUMBIA - A fire in Sedalia gutted two homes and heavily damaged at lest two others Thursday on the 500 block of 4th Street. Dramatic pictures and video from the scene show flames and heavy smoke.
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Posted 1:55 PM 11/26/2015 by Kolbie Satterfield, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA – An expected 650 people were fed a full Thanksgiving meal today thanks to the annual “Everybody Eats” program.
There were 59 turkeys and 11 hams prepared the day before Thanksgiving to feed the crowd, head chef Bill Sullivan said.
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Posted 12:09 PM 11/26/2015 by The Associated Press
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Posted 10:31 AM 11/26/2015 by The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY (AP) - Arrests for drunken boating on Missouri waterways have fallen by 63 percent since the Missouri State Water Patrol merged with the Highway Patrol.
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Posted 10:22 AM 11/26/2015 by Annisa Budiman, KOMU 8 Reporter
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Posted 9:40 AM 11/26/2015 by Eric Yount, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
BOONE COUNTY - An early morning fire broke out in a house at 6399 Old Village Road Thursday.
Battalion Chief Gale Blomenkamp of the Boone County Fire Protection District said a couch caught fire in the living room, causing smoke and heat damage throughout the room. The woman living there and her two dogs were able to escape without injury.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.