Prosecutor files charges against new suspect in Daniels' homicide

Friday, July 19, 2013 | 3:06 p.m. CDT; updated 5:33 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 20, 2013

COLUMBIA — The Boone County prosecutor's office has filed charges against a fourth suspect in connection to the April murder of Brian Daniels.

Casey Lewis, of Ada, Okla., was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in connection to the killing of Brian Daniels.

Lewis, 24, is the second person to face murder charges in Daniels' killing. James Thompson was charged in April with first-degree murder in the case.

As of Friday morning, Lewis was being held in Coalgate, Okla., on separate charges. The prosecutor's office has begun the process for extraditing Lewis to Boone County. 

In addition to Thompson's arrest, Columbia police filed charges in April against Glenn Anderson and Christopher Hurt for hindering the prosecution of a felony in the investigation of Daniels' murder.

Christopher Hurt, who was arrested for providing a false alibi for Thompson, told police that Thompson had traveled to Oklahoma to pick up a man named Casey, according to the probable cause statement against Lewis. Hurt said he saw Casey with Thompson two different times on the evening before Daniels' murder, according to the court document.

Glenn Anderson told police on July 11 that he had several conversations over the phone with Thompson between the discovery of Daniels' body on April 10 and Thompson's arrest on April 13.

According to the probable cause statement," Anderson stated that Thompson told him Lewis shot Daniels three times and performed an Indian ritual over the body."

Anderson told police that Thompson had said he paid Lewis cash and gave him a .45- caliber handgun and a car for committing the murder, according to the probable cause statement.

When Lewis was arrested on April 26 in Coal County, Okla., he was driving a Pontiac Grand Prix owned by Thompson. Lewis told law officers he had received the car from Thompson as a payment for work.

Lewis was in the Coal County Jail on Friday on possession of an offensive weapon, obstructing a police officer, driving without a license, improper insurance and improper tags, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In an interview with detectives in May, Lewis told police he had been in Columbia with Thompson on April 9 but had left at midnight. Police served a search warrant for Lewis' cell phone records and found that Lewis' phone was in Columbia after midnight near Daniels' home, according to the probable cause statement.

Columbia police received a call from a Coal County investigator that police had found a bag with a .45-caliber handgun "along with clothing and other items," under a tree, in a field adjacent to the home of Lewis' aunt.

In their investigation of Daniels' murder, Columbia police found evidence that Thompson had stolen and sold property of Daniels, according to the probable cause statement.

According to a report by the Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal, Daniels was awarded $4.9 million dollars in 2008 as part of a settlement with an apartment management company after suffering burns during a fire in his apartment.

In their investigation of Daniel's death, Columbia police found evidence that "indicates Thompson had forged a Last Will and Testament, naming himself as the victim's sole beneficiary.

Supervising editor is John Schneller.

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