Columbia police have probable cause for Peterson arrest warrant

Friday, January 21, 2011 | 9:49 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police Department has developed probable cause to obtain an arrest warrant for Zachariah Peterson for second-degree murder and armed criminal action, Columbia police spokeswoman Jill Wieneke said in an e-mail Friday evening.

Once the police department obtains the warrant, it will be given to the Boone County Sheriff's Department jail so the two new charges can be added, Wieneke said.

Peterson was being held at the Boone County Jail after being arrested Wednesday on an outstanding warrant for felony resisting arrest. He was also being questioned in the Tuesday slaying of James Leon Porter.

Acting on a CrimeStoppers tip, police found Peterson's Chevrolet Tahoe Friday morning, which they had been seeking in the investigation of Porter's death.

Witnesses on Tuesday said they saw the 1998 blue Tahoe speeding from the Sunset Mobile Home Park in southwest Columbia, where Porter was shot several times, according to a previous Missourian report.

The bond on the additional charges will be $1 million, cash only, the e-mail stated.

More information will be released in the near future, Wieneke wrote.

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