COLUMBIA — Murder suspect Joshua Maylee was transferred from the Callaway County Jail to Boone County Jail yesterday to prevent a perceived conflict of interest.
Maylee, 23, who is accused of killing three people and injuring one other in a shooting spree last week, is the nephew of Callaway County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Darryl Maylee.
Joshua Maylee faces three charges of first-degree murder and one charge of first-degree assault.
Police said Joshua Maylee's safety was another reason for the transfer.
"Other inmates might try to hurt him because of who his uncle is," said Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane.
In exchange, Boone County Jail sent Darris Peal to Callaway County Jail. Peal, 21, is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree robbery for his suspected involvement in the Oct. 23 murder of Aaron Hobson outside a Break Time store in Columbia.
“We tried to find a like classification of inmates,” said Boone County Chief Jailer Warren Brewer.
With the trade, neither county had to pay for the transfer.