Shooting victim was to visit children, records show

Monday, September 3, 2007 | 8:34 p.m. CDT; updated 10:04 a.m. CDT, Friday, October 16, 2009
Columbia police officers escort William P. Clinch, 37, of Hallsville into a waiting car after taking him into custody in connection with a fatal shooting at McDonald’s on 3206 Clark Lane on Sunday.

COLUMBIA — Less than 15 minutes before 32-year-old Jeremy Bohannon was scheduled to visit his children at a Columbia McDonald’s, he was shot down in the parking lot.

William Clinch, 37, of Hallsville, was arrested in the slaying at 3206 Clark Lane on Sunday. Columbia police said Clinch shot Bohannon, of Rocheport, several times with a semiautomatic handgun at 5:17 p.m. Bohannon was pronounced dead at an area hospital a short time later.

Clinch described himself on his MySpace page as “Fierce and determined, relentless towards my enemies.” He continued by saying, “Good to the children because I care about them. I will be faithful to them no matter what sacrifices must be made.”

Clinch, who had no previous criminal record according to Missouri, was being held at Boone County Jail on $5 million cash bond Monday night.

Bohannon was married to Clinch’s sister, Amanda Clinch; the couple divorced last month, according to court documents. The couple had three children, said Elizabeth Sanders, who worked with Bohannon as a purchasing buyer in the City of Columbia Finance Department. Bohannon had visitation rights every Thursday and Sunday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. He was scheduled to have supervised visitation until he completed anger management classes and a parenting program.

Police said the two men were involved in an ongoing feud. Amanda Clinch, William Clinch and another relative, Dennis Clinch, had each filed restraining orders against Bohannon, according to court documents. Bohannon was arrested in July on suspicion of violating a restraining order filed by his ex-wife, according to court documents. A court trial in that case had been scheduled for Sept. 12.

The Clinch family could not be reached for comment.

Bohannon went to the McDonald’s on Sunday afternoon for a pre-arranged meeting with his ex-wife to exchange care of their children, Columbia police Capt. Brad Nelson said. Nelson said police think Clinch knew about the meeting beforehand.

There were more than 10 people in and around the McDonald’s at the time, but Nelson said Clinch’s sole target appeared to be Bohannon.

“Our understanding is that it happened very fast,” Nelson said.

Clinch put his weapon down and surrendered upon seeing police officers, Nelson said.

Police were interviewing family members Monday and are not looking for any other suspects, Nelson said.

“We feel confident that we have the individual responsible for this murder,” Nelson said. “At this time we feel that there was no one else directly involved.”

Wendy Wiebold, who worked with Bohannon for three years, described him as a nice, gentle person.

“He was just a wonderful person, and a very dedicated father. His children were everything to him,” she said.

Sanders, another co-worker, said he regularly attended church and that his children were important to him.

“He had great hopes of furthering his career in order to make their lives richer,” Sanders said. “We were baffled by the enmity his ex-wife and her family had for him. It was very difficult for him, because they would put restraining orders on him and he didn’t know what it was for.”

“Uncle Bill, I believe what u were thinking was on the rite track ... but the way it ended up, I will miss u,” wrote a MySpace user whose profile name was Shadow..Gone but never 4gotten.:. with a URL that identified her as Kristin D. Heath. That page was updated Monday.

The Major Crimes Unit was investigating the shooting Monday. Anyone with information about it may call Columbia police at 874-7652.

This is the second shooting in Columbia since April, when 17-year-old Tederrian Robinson was shot in the back of the head while riding in a car in south Columbia after a fight over a girlfriend.

Missourian reporter Renee DuBose contributed to this report.

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Patrick England September 12, 2007 | 1:12 p.m.

I am appalled at how the term "victim" and the terms nice, etc. are used for for this guy. Friends and co workers state he did not know why he had 3 restaining orders on him and had to go to supervised visitation? The guy was a menace. He might have had one face at work, but he beat his kids, and on other occasions other nephews and nieces, he killed the family cat when he found out his wife was going to divorce him, he constantly threatened to harm or kill any and all of the Clinch's. I am all the way up in East Peoria, IL. and new about this. Yet you can not mention the truth in the paper. This man was a menace. He constantly threatened Bill and his ex and the children to the point of no return. Bill did what any man would do. He put his family before himself and his future and safety. He stopped the S.O.B. before someone got hurt by him. As for the people that work with him, they are full of crap if they did not notice the least bit how bad this guy was. I have known Bill since he was 21, and known his brothers even longer. His brothers are actually some of my best friends. I also know his parents and sister well. I can not believe this happened, but there is more to Bill shooting this guy than meets the eye. He would have had to be pushing the envelope hard for Bill to snap. Bill has always been a pacifist. I have never even heard the man raise his voice. I truly believe Bill was forced by this guy into making this last stand.

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