Exclusive Interview with Steven Rios

1 decade 3 years 3 months ago Monday, October 03 2005 Oct 3, 2005 Monday, October 03, 2005 5:02:49 PM CDT October 03, 2005 in News
Steven Rios lives in the Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center.  Rios now wants to be known as Steve, contacted KOMU reporter Josh Hinkle by mail three weeks after his trial, saying he'd talk when he was ready.

A month ago he wrote again, saying it was time to talk.

For the past 90 days, jail has been home to Rios. "It was one of the hardest things I had to go through, as a cop convicted of murder," said Rios. "It's hard for any person, let alone a husband and father to come to work one day and find their life totally changed."

His life changed more than a year ago when he met Jesse Valencia, a 23 yearold MU college student, who Rios was convicted of murdering. "This case isn't about me, it's about Jesse," Rios explained.

Rios has not spoken on camera since his arrest. Now, he's only allowed to speak behind a protective sheet of glass.

As Rios prepares to file his appeal, he looks back on what went wrong in his trial. "I think some of the sensationalized aspects of the trial muddied the waters. It didn't have anything to do with fairness or the truth, it had to do with a show."

Rios hopes a new trial will just deal with the facts in regard to the case. He admits to having an affair and not being proud of his actions. But that's where he says his involvement with Valencia stopped.

Since his conviction, Rios' life is reduced to 23 hours each day in his cell, but said his family and friends are still very supportive and are with him 110%. "That support is the only thing waking me up because it's hard everyday waking up here."

"I just want to get back to being a dad and living my life," explains Rios. 

Now, Rios says he's very confident in the appelate process and is confident once more facts are given to the jury, he will go free.

More News

Grid
List
WASHINGTON (AP) — Staring down the next deadline to pay federal workers, the White House shifted tactics, trying to bypass... More >>
46 minutes ago Wednesday, January 16 2019 Jan 16, 2019 Wednesday, January 16, 2019 4:57:00 AM CST January 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Mayoral incumbent Brian Treece and opponent, Chris Kelly, faced off in the second mayoral candidate forum Tuesday. ... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, January 15 2019 Jan 15, 2019 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 9:27:00 PM CST January 15, 2019 in News
Watch KOMU 8 newscasts and download the KOMU WX app for live coverage and alerts. COLUMBIA - Another winter... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, January 15 2019 Jan 15, 2019 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 8:30:00 PM CST January 15, 2019 in Weather
OVERLAND (AP) — The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis is investigating a fatal shooting outside a McDonald's restaurant... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, January 15 2019 Jan 15, 2019 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 4:37:00 PM CST January 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A new bill before the Senate would ban texting and driving for drivers of all ages. It's... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, January 15 2019 Jan 15, 2019 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 4:24:00 PM CST January 15, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City police say people at one address fired 360 shots from at least nine guns... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, January 15 2019 Jan 15, 2019 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 3:46:00 PM CST January 15, 2019 in News
OSAGE BEACH – A Sunrise Beach woman who worked at a Zales Outlet Store admitted to stealing a diamond bracelet... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, January 15 2019 Jan 15, 2019 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 3:43:00 PM CST January 15, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- The woman accused of killing 4-year-old Darnell Gray waived the formal reading on her arraignment on Tuesday and... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, January 15 2019 Jan 15, 2019 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 3:00:00 PM CST January 15, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - When Tiwan Lewis lost her home to a fire in December 2017, she found herself experiencing homelessness.... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, January 15 2019 Jan 15, 2019 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 2:55:00 PM CST January 15, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A central Missouri prosecutor's office has been ordered to pay $36,000 for failing to provide records... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, January 15 2019 Jan 15, 2019 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 2:23:00 PM CST January 15, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, (AP) — Missouri House lawmakers on Tuesday voted against protections for LGBT staffers and gave themselves the option... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, January 15 2019 Jan 15, 2019 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 2:09:00 PM CST January 15, 2019 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man in the killing of his girlfriend in a Springfield home with two... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, January 15 2019 Jan 15, 2019 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 1:35:00 PM CST January 15, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Federal authorities say two homicides in northwest Missouri last year were linked to a large methamphetamine... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, January 15 2019 Jan 15, 2019 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 12:54:00 PM CST January 15, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City's public transit agency is offering free bus rides to federal workers ensnared... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, January 15 2019 Jan 15, 2019 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 11:47:00 AM CST January 15, 2019 in News
CARTHAGE (AP) — Court records say a Missouri man broke his 5-year-old daughter's leg after becoming enraged that she hadn't... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, January 15 2019 Jan 15, 2019 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 11:02:00 AM CST January 15, 2019 in News
OVERLAND (AP) — The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis is investigating a fatal shooting outside a McDonald's... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, January 15 2019 Jan 15, 2019 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 9:51:00 AM CST January 15, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri House members will have the option to make some of their emails confidential, despite... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, January 15 2019 Jan 15, 2019 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 9:30:00 AM CST January 15, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS - Former Democratic Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill began her first job Tuesday since being defeated by Republican Josh... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, January 15 2019 Jan 15, 2019 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 7:43:00 AM CST January 15, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 33°
6am 28°
7am 29°
8am 30°
9am 31°