Jefferson City Woman Found Murdered

1 decade 2 years 11 months ago Friday, November 11 2005 Nov 11, 2005 Friday, November 11, 2005 8:16:20 PM CST November 11, 2005 in News

Police say a New Bloomfield man stabbed a Jefferson City woman to death late Thursday night.

Jefferson City police say 27-year-old Tanya Sessler died in her apartment from multiple stab wounds.  Sessler lived on East Dunklin street.

Jean Baumhoer, Sessler's neighbor heard her pleas for help. Baumhoer says at around 10 PM last night she heard her friend screaming for help.

"She started screaming some more and there was more banging and then she hollered for my name. She says Jeanie, please help me," said Jean Baumheour.

Baumheour called the Jefferson City police department but it was too late. Police say they arrived within a minute of the call and found their sixth homicide victim of the year. Police arrested New Bloomfield resident Bernard M. Davis after finding him hiding behind the bed with blood on his clothing.

Davis is in the Cole County Jail on $1 million bond. Right now the motive for the crime is not known. Sessler's friends say the timing of the crime is particularly tragic.

"She was telling this guy please don't kill me, please don't kill me my daughter comes home tomorrow."

Friends say that Sessler had drug problems and the state put her six year old daughter into foster care in southern Missouri. But friend Chris Champlain says Sessler got clean and was supposed to pick up her daughter, today.

"Now her little girl ain't going to come home. That little girl ain't going to see her mom again," said Sessler's friend Chris Champlaim.

Baumhoer says now she fears for the safety of her nine-year-old daughter.

"I was pretty sad," said Baumhoer. "There's just too much going on in this neighborhood. I can't handle this it's just too scary."

Cole county prosecutor Bill Tackett says he's planning to charge Davis with second degree murder. Tackett says Davis says another man stabbed Sessler and he was trying to stop the man from harming her.

Jeff City Police say they don't know who will take custody of Sessler's daughter.

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