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UPDATE: Suspect in connection with Eighth Street shooting to face separate trial

Monday, March 5, 2012 | 8:11 p.m. CST; updated 12:18 p.m. CST, Tuesday, March 6, 2012

COLUMBIA — An 18-year-old Fulton man was arrested and charged with second-degree murder Monday in connection with a shooting on North Eighth Street and Park Avenue on Sunday afternoon.

Larrell Banks was arrested at 1 a.m. Monday and charged with second-degree homicide and armed criminal action in connection with the case.

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He was scheduled to appear at a hearing Monday in the Boone County Courthouse for an unlawful use of weapons charge in connection with a shooting in April but was granted a continuance. He has been out of jail since posting a $50,000 bond in June. A jury trial in that case was originally scheduled for March 14.

Officers found Lamont Sargent, 39, in his home on the 300 block of North Eighth Street after responding to a reported shooting at 3:09 p.m. Sunday. Sargent died Sunday night after being transported to the University Hospital emergency room in critical condition with a gunshot wound, Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said.

Police anticipate more arrests related to the shooting, but Stroer declined to provide any further information regarding Banks' arrest.

It is unknown at this time whether Sunday's incident was connected to shots fired early Friday morning at the intersection of Nifong Boulevard and Hermitage Road, the first reported shooting since Police Chief Ken Burton started the department's proactive patrol on Feb. 20 to respond to an increase in gang-related crimes across the city.

As of Friday, police had made 41 arrests resulting from these patrols.

Missourian reporter Teresa Klassen contributed to this report.


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