Attorney Milt Harper collapses during court hearing

Monday, June 30, 2014 | 8:33 p.m. CDT; updated 7:12 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 1, 2014

*This story has updated to reflect that Boone Hospital Center said it could not provide an update of Harper's condition.

COLUMBIA — Attorney Milt Harper was in critical condition Monday evening after he collapsed during a motion hearing at the 13th Circuit Court.

Two Boone County assistant prosecutors were responding to a question from Circuit Judge Christine Carpenter when Harper, 70, fell to the floor. An associate from his office came to his aid and called for help.

The courtroom was cleared.

Harper was administered CPR and taken to Boone Hospital Center around 3 p.m. Hospital spokesman Ben Cornelius said Harper was in critical condition at around 8:30 p.m. *Tuesday morning, he said he could not provide an update on Harper's condition.

Helen Wade, a partner in the firm Harper founded — Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer — said in an email at about 8 p.m: "As (Harper) recovers, we ask that the family's privacy is respected."

Harper has been practicing law for more than 40 years. His firm specializes in criminal defense, family law and personal injury cases.

He is a former assistant public defender, prosecuting attorney and associate circuit judge in Boone County. Harper received his bachelor's degree from MU in 1967 and his law degree from MU in 1970, according to his law firm's website.

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