Appeals Court Upholds Conviction in Columbia Death
COLUMBIA (AP) - The Missouri Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a man who shot his former brother-in-law to death at a McDonald's in Columbia. Forty-year-old William Clinch appealed his life sentence for the murder of 32-year-old Jeremy Bohannon in September 2007.
He testified that he shot Bohannon to save the lives of his sister's three children. They were scheduled to visit Bohannon, their father, that day.
The Columbia Tribune reports that the appeals court on Tuesday rejected Clinch's contention that the case should have been dismissed. Boone County prosecutors dropped charges after receiving an unfavorable court ruling, and then immediately refiled them.
Clinch also questioned a decision not to allow his brother to testify during his trial. The appeals court rejected both of those arguments.