Missouri Supreme Court upholds convictions of man who killed wife

3 months 4 weeks 1 day ago Friday, October 27 2017 Oct 27, 2017 Friday, October 27, 2017 6:13:00 PM CDT October 27, 2017 in News
By: Tess Vrbin, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

MEXICO - A former Audrain County man's convictions of several crimes were upheld by the Missouri Supreme Court after an appeal, prosecutors announced Friday.

Ricky Harding was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the 2014 shooting death of his wife, Summer Harding. He was convicted of second-degree murder, domestic assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and four counts of misdemeanor child endangerment.

The court ordered a technical correction to the child endangerment sentencing documents so they matched the jury's verdict, but it upheld the rest of the verdict.

Harding shot his wife in front of their four children during a physical struggle over a gun. He fled their home on Audrain Road 923 but was arrested at Audrain Medical Center when he tried to see his wife.

Harding is considered "a prior and persistent felony offender," so it was illegal for him to own a gun.

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