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Charges added to Bridger's second-degree murder case

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 | 5:37 p.m. CDT; updated 6:20 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 17, 2012

COLUMBIA — A 24-year-old Columbia man charged in the 2010 slaying of a woman in her Lake of the Woods home now faces additional charges.

The Boone County Prosecutor amended Ryan Bridger's charges Monday, adding felony stealing of a firearm and three counts of forgery. A previous count of armed criminal action was dropped.

The new charges are in addition to Bridger's original charges of second-degree murder, first-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree burglary.

According to previous Missourian reports and court documents, Bridger is suspected of breaking into the home of Aletha Turner, 67, on Dec. 17, 2010, and shooting her in the head with a small-caliber gun, which was stolen from her brother's home in a previous burglary. Turner was found unconscious Dec. 20 and was taken to University Hospital, where she died Dec. 22.

Bridger's additional charges are the result of the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's office combining Bridger's two pending cases – the Dec. 17 incident and the incident involving Turner's brother.

According to a probable cause statement from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, Bridger admitted to taking jewelry and a checkbook from the victim’s home. 

The new charges are related to those thefts and the checks, which he is accused of cashing. He used one check to buy something, according to the probable cause statement.

Bridger has already pleaded not guilty, and his trial is scheduled for Oct. 29.

Supervising editor is Katherine Reed.


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