WARRENSBURG — A man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a 91-year-old Warrensburg woman.
The Sedalia Democrat reports that 30-year-old John Marcos Ramirez of Warrensburg was charged Thursday in the Sept. 17 death of Maxine Ballew, whose body was found inside her burning home.
A pathologist found Ballew died of strangulation before the house fire.
Ramirez was arrested Sept. 22 and held on a state probation violation warrant out of Henry County in an unrelated case.
Johnson County Prosecuting Attorney Lynn Stoppy charged Ramirez Thursday.
Ramirez is being held in Johnson County Jail on $500,000 bond.
The Henry County Sheriff's Office did not know if Ramirez had an attorney. The Cass County Public Defender's Office declined to say if anyone there was representing Ramirez.