Man serving life sentence in grandfather's death dies in prison

4 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, April 07 2016 Apr 7, 2016 Thursday, April 07, 2016 3:46:32 PM CDT April 07, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri prison officials say a 65-year-old inmate serving a life sentence in the 1997 killing of his grandfather has died.

The Missouri Department of Corrections reports that Gerald Elam died Wednesday at the Jefferson City Correctional Center.

Elam was serving life sentences without the prospect of parole on convictions of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and second-degree arson.

Authorities say Elam fatally stabbed grandfather Minis Elam in the victim's home before setting the home ablaze.

Neighbors saw Gerald Elam fleeing the scene, and after his arrest he confessed to the killing, claiming it was self-defense and that he believed his grandfather was the devil.

More News

Grid
List
OSAGE COUNTY— Three people were rescued from the Osage River on Saturday after their pontoon boat got stuck in the... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 28 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Monday, September 28, 2020 5:51:00 PM CDT September 28, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A New York Times report shows President Donald Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 28 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Monday, September 28, 2020 5:11:00 PM CDT September 28, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- Boone County deputies are currently investigating a shots fired incident that occurred on Mauller Road Monday afternoon. The... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 28 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Monday, September 28, 2020 4:33:00 PM CDT September 28, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Two Whaley's Pharmacy locations will host drive-thru flu shot clinics in the upcoming weeks. The first... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 28 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Monday, September 28, 2020 3:47:00 PM CDT September 28, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Governor Parson announced Missouri expanded its COVID-19 dashboards Monday afternoon. The new dashboards provide information about different... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 28 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Monday, September 28, 2020 3:22:00 PM CDT September 28, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- The University of Missouri Police Department responded to a report of a 'threatening person with a knife' at Lee... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 28 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Monday, September 28, 2020 2:03:00 PM CDT September 28, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- Millions of Americans will vote by mail or in person for the next president of the US. At... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 28 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Monday, September 28, 2020 12:38:43 PM CDT September 28, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Fire Department is reducing their interaction with patients and other responders to protect everyone from COVID-19... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 28 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Monday, September 28, 2020 11:27:00 AM CDT September 28, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Mike Parson ordered the Missouri State Capitol dome and the Missouri Governor's Mansion to shine red... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 28 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Monday, September 28, 2020 11:15:00 AM CDT September 28, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- Columbia Police responded to four separate reports of shots fired in the area of Eastwood Drive and Clark Lane... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 28 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Monday, September 28, 2020 10:59:00 AM CDT September 28, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors say a 32-year-old Kansas City man who was shot by a police officer... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 28 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Monday, September 28, 2020 10:53:06 AM CDT September 28, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. Previous coverage: ... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 28 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Monday, September 28, 2020 9:00:00 AM CDT September 28, 2020 in News
MEXICO - A food trailer was destroyed and two houses were damaged after a trailer caught fire in a Mexico... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 28 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Monday, September 28, 2020 8:49:00 AM CDT September 28, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - It came out late Friday that the First Lady of Missouri’s isolation period will end Monday. ... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 28 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Monday, September 28, 2020 6:11:00 AM CDT September 28, 2020 in Continuous News
Columbia business sees financial relief thanks to MU football game Fans mean just as much to Columbia businesses... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 28 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Monday, September 28, 2020 5:07:00 AM CDT September 28, 2020 in Top Stories
GLASGOW - Part of our nation's pastime, can present a problem when it comes to some of the greatest players... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, September 27 2020 Sep 27, 2020 Sunday, September 27, 2020 11:30:00 PM CDT September 27, 2020 in News
MEXICO - Two mid-Missouri locals rode 200 miles to spread awareness for Multiple Sclerosis and to help Bike MS of... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, September 27 2020 Sep 27, 2020 Sunday, September 27, 2020 9:30:00 PM CDT September 27, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Fans mean just as much to Columbia businesses as they do to the MU football team. Philip... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, September 27 2020 Sep 27, 2020 Sunday, September 27, 2020 6:39:00 PM CDT September 27, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 56°
5am 54°
6am 53°
7am 52°
8am 55°