Columbia man admits to killing drinking companion

Donald Nickens said he used a rock to crush the victim’s head.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:22 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A Columbia man pleaded guilty Monday to killing a drinking companion in a fight last year by crushing the man’s head with a rock. Police said the defendant drove around with the victim struggling to escape from the trunk of his car.