Accused shooter in Red Roof Inn incident pleads not guilty

Friday, December 11, 2009 | 6:20 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The man accused of killing a woman Oct. 8 in the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon.

Blake Logan, 18, is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action.

Police say Logan shot Nicole Sue Crumby, 26, as the result of a drug deal gone wrong. Her body was found at the parking lot at 201 E. Texas Ave. Logan is from Columbia, as was Crumby.

According to a probable cause statement, Logan told police he had called Crumby to set up a deal for marijuana, but that the two had never met.

But the statement said Logan called his brother to say that he was in a car with Crumby and had tried to take drugs from her at gunpoint. Logan and Crumby then got into an altercation and the gun went off, Blake reportedly told his brother. Crumby fell from the car and Blake left the parking lot, the statement said.

Boone County Sheriff’s Department deputies located the car just an hour later at the Midway Travel Plaza a few miles west of Columbia, according to previous Missourian reports. Inside were Logan and Nicole Palmer, 19, also of Columbia. Also inside were a spent 9mm casing in the back seat, a packed suitcase in the trunk and a quarter pound of marijuana, according to court documents. Police said they believed the two were attempting to flee.

Palmer was not directly implicated in Crumby's killing, but has been charged with hindering prosecution — providing the getaway vehicle — and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Palmer's next hearing is scheduled for Dec. 22, and Logan is set to appear in front of Circuit Judge Gene Hamilton on Jan. 4.

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