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Police seek answers in stabbing

Conflicting stories suggest road rage or an argument over money led to the fatal altercation, police say.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:44 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Police on Monday were still trying to sift through conflicting stories about what sparked a disagreement that ended in a fatal stabbing at a Columbia convenience store Thursday afternoon.

“At one point, we heard that it involved some type of road rage incident,” said Capt. Mike Martin, investigative commander for the Columbia Police Department. “At another point, we were told it involved some type of money issue.

“Another one indicated that they had gotten into an argument over something. The person said, ‘I don’t even recall what it was about.’ The problem we have run into is that we haven’t had the opportunity to sort that out.”

Martin would not elaborate further on any of these accounts.

The stabbing occurred just after 5 p.m. Thursday at the Break Time at Business Loop 70 East and Garth Avenue. Police found Deandre Terry, 20, and Ricky Murray, 32, both of Columbia, with stab wounds to the body.

Valerie Rao, the medical examiner for Boone and Callaway counties, said that Terry died Thursday evening from a single stab wound to the heart.

Robert J. Barney Jr., 26, of Columbia was charged Thursday and turned himself in to police on Friday afternoon.

On Monday, Barney was arraigned in the Boone County Courthouse on charges of second-degree murder, armed criminal action and first-degree assault.

Although a preliminary hearing has not been set, it will probably happen in the next 30 days, Boone County Prosecutor Kevin Crane said.

Associate Circuit Judge Jodie Capshaw Asel said Barney has not sought legal counsel. He has two weeks to do so.

If Barney decides to apply for a public defender, the public defender’s office will determine whether he is eligible for its representation. Bond was set at $600,000.

The second victim in the incident, Ricky Murray, was released from the hospital Saturday and is recovering from multiple stab wounds to the body.


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