UPDATE: Darious Lucas found guilty in double murder trial

5 months 2 weeks 3 days ago Thursday, May 04 2017 May 4, 2017 Thursday, May 04, 2017 2:44:00 PM CDT May 04, 2017 in News
By: Madeline Odle, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Jurors returned a guilty verdict Thursday for Darious Lucas in a double murder case.

Lucas was convicted on two counts of first degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action in the September 2015 deaths of James Richardson of Columbia and Kenneth Long of Mexico. Witness testimony from earlier in the week described the murder as a disputed drug deal.

Court began Thursday with jurors hearing closing arguments from prosecutors and the defense.

The state had shown jurors rap lyrics they said were written by Lucas shortly after he was first arrested on drug charges in October, 2015. The lyrics described a double murder, named the same type of bullets that were used to kill Richardson and Long and detailed shooting people in the head and back, the same places Richardson and Long were shot. 

The state’s attorney argued the lyrics are Lucas’ confession to the crimes, and revealed details about the murder scenes they say Lucas couldn’t have known about if he wasn’t the killer. 

However, the defense countered that Lucas was aware he was a suspect in the double murder investigation at the time he wrote the rap lyrics, and therefore he wrote the lyrics just to get out some of his feelings. 

The defense called Dustin Hildebrand to the stand to testify as a good friend of James Richardson. Hildebrand lived in Mexico with Richardson and worked for him at a tree cutting company. However, Hildebrand also collaborated that Richardson was involved in drug dealing. 

Hildebrand said, in his time knowing Richardson and working with him, it was uncharacteristic for Richardson to do drug deals in abandoned places or at odd hours of the night. 

The prosecution’s closing argument focused on portraying Lucas as untrustworthy, pointing out the discrepancies in stories he told law enforcement about his whereabouts on the night of the murders. It also focused on the testimony of David Clark and Nelson Barnes from earlier in the week. Both were behind bars at the same time as Lucas, and told law enforcement about details in the murders of before those details were released to the public, prosecutors said. The state argued the only reason those men knew those details were because Lucas told them, and Lucas only knew because he was the killer. 

The defense countered by saying there's no solid evidence tying Lucas to the scene of the crime, and therefore the jurors can not say beyond reasonable doubt he committed the crimes. The defense argument was there are too many assumptions being made in the case. The defense attorney also attempted to undermine the credibility of David Clark and Nelson Barnes as witnesses. 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Boone and Callaway County has a new circuit judge. Judge J. Hasbrouck “Brouck” Jacobs will preside over... More >>
1 hour ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 8:04:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Mid-Missouri high school football teams are kicking off the final week of Friday Night Fever. In our FNF... More >>
3 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 6:51:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Fight for the First documentary was shown at the Missouri theatre for donors and students Friday. The film... More >>
3 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 6:32:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Below are scores from the last week of the high school football season. Final scores will be in... More >>
3 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 6:27:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Nigerian citizen living in St. Louis has been sentenced to six and a half years... More >>
3 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 6:01:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - #MeToo started as a tweet and turned into an international discussion on sexual harassment. Columbia resident Macy... More >>
4 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 5:52:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia is attracting attention for its innovation in collegiate eSports. From having the first varsity collegiate all-woman eSports... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 3:45:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says the state no longer will make children in foster care pay... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 3:22:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
MEXICO – A former teacher pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of sexual contact with a student. Robert Cortez,... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 3:04:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
ASHLAND - Namaste Health Care alerted 1,600 patients to a security breach that happened the weekend of Aug. 12-13. A... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 2:44:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin announced that October 20 th would be recognized every year as Buckle... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 2:42:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The city of Columbia received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index, city officials... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 2:10:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Volunteers from the city and community spent the day picking up litter, clearing branches and cleaning sidewalks in... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 1:55:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges he sold heroin in the hospital maternity ward... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 1:48:59 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A jazz museum that's plagued by operating losses and bounced checks to musicians could be headed... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 12:39:06 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Relatives of man who died at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility are alleging that a fungus infected... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 10:55:00 AM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A 21-year-old man faces a handful of charges for allegedly stealing from a church and also stealing... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 10:47:00 AM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Two felons from Columbia were charged in federal court with illegally having guns and ammunition. Ladame Smith... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 10:19:00 AM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 67°
10pm 64°
11pm 63°
12am 64°
1am 64°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

8:00p
Dateline NBC
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
10:35p
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
9:30p
Seinfeld
10:00p
Seinfeld
10:30p
Rules of Engagement

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
8:00p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
8:00p
Jane the Virgin
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld