Red Roof shooter pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Thursday, October 7, 2010 | 6:02 p.m. CDT; updated 7:37 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, November 2, 2010

COLUMBIA — Blake Logan pleaded guilty Thursday morning to shooting and killing Nicole Crumby last fall at the Red Roof Inn. Judge Gary Oxenhandler sentenced him to 24 years in prison.

Logan was arrested last year and charged with second-degree murder after police found Crumby's body in the parking lot of the hotel in northern Columbia on Oct. 8.

He told police that the shooting happened during an argument during a planned marijuana deal, according to a previous Missourian story. Logan's  girlfriend, Nicole Palmer, later was arrested and charged with hindering prosecution and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Logan had previously entered a plea of not guilty.

Logan's plea came during a pretrial conference at the Boone County Courthouse. He agreed to accept the 24-year sentence in exchange for having charges of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action dropped. There will be a possibility for parole.

Logan was represented by public defender Kimberly Shaw.

"On a murder second you at least have the possibility of parole," Shaw said. "It's up to the parole board if and when you will receive parole."

Palmer's case is still pending.

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