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Police arrest two men in connection with Daniels homicide

Sunday, April 14, 2013 | 6:13 p.m. CDT; updated 11:52 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 15, 2013

COLUMBIA — Officers from the Columbia Police Department made two arrests Sunday afternoon in connection with the homicide of Brian Daniels.

James Robert Thompson, 23, and Christopher James Hurt, 24, were arrested at about 5 p.m., according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

Thompson was arrested on a first-degree murder charge after a traffic stop at Grindstone Parkway and Churchill Drive. His bond is set at $2 million, the release said.

In an interview with KOMU on Thursday, Thompson called himself Daniels' partner. He said he lived with Daniels and that they had been together for three years.

Hurt was arrested at an apartment at 250 Apple Tree Court when officers served a search warrant at his residence in connection with the homicide investigation. He was arrested for felony possession of controlled substances and felony hindering prosecution. His bond is set at $9,000, the release said.

Police began investigating Daniels' death as a homicide on Wednesday evening, when officers found the body of Daniels, 46. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police were responding to a report of a robbery and an unresponsive person at 2416 Cimarron Drive, according to a previous news release from Columbia Police.

According to a previous Missourian report, Sergeant Joe Bernhard said that the police did not believe the crime was random.

This is the second homicide in Columbia this year, Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said Thursday. Rudy Perez Jr., 33, was charged with the first-degree murder of Robert O. Hill on Feb. 1 while both were patients at Truman Veterans Hospital.

Detectives are still investigating the case.


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