December 3, 2008
William Randle, criminalist supervisor at the Missouri State Highway Patrol, explains to the jury that the flap on a box of evidence was opened when he received that box, which contained hairs from murder victim Jesse Valencia.
Choreographer Kira Josephson looks on as, from left, Sarah Marshall, Emily Shackelford, Izzie Baldwin, Sydney Turner and Charles Evans rehearse.
“Bug” Dominguez is using her athletic scholarship at Stephens to fill the role of student assistant coach.
“Bug” Dominguez stopped playing for Stephens after suffering her fourth concussion in her basketball career.
From left, Sarah Marshall, Sydney Turner, Colleen Grate and Emily Shackelford rehearse a dance routine from Stephens College's upcoming musical production of "Little Women."
December 2, 2008
Scott Olsen was named interim chief of the Boone County Fire Protection District on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008.
Former MU student Jesse James Valencia, who was found murdered June 5, 2004, in the East Campus area of Columbia. Rios, a former Columbia police officer, has been charged with his murder.
Police instructor Todd Burke, rear, demonstrates a choke hold on prosecutor Morley Swingle for the jury during Rios trial. Swingle contends that Rios used the choke hold on Valencia before slashing his throat.
Ex-Columbia Police officer Steven Rios confers with his attorney Gillis Leonard as the prosecution gives opening statements during Rios' trial. Rios is accused in the death of MU student Jesse Valencia.
Missouri's Jarrett Sutton, left, and Leo Lyons celebrate after the end of the Tigers' 95-41 victory against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. In the final minute of the game, Sutton made back-to-back three-pointers.
Laurence Bowers, a freshman forward, attempts to score toward the end of the second period on Tuesday night, Dec. 2. The Tigers defeated the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions, 95-41.
Missouri's J.T. Tiller, left, and Zaire Taylor lock up Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Lebaron Weathers during the first half of the Tigers' 95-41 victory against the Lions on Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena.
Megan Sheffield, a Stephens freshman, handles the ball against St. Mary’s Samantha Ciani.
Hickman’s John Hilley, bottom, tries to get out of the grasp of Kirskville’s Jared Fox on Tuesday at Hickman. Fox won the match on a pin.
Jennifer Perlow of Perlow-Stevens Gallery has noticed a decline in art sales with the recent economic downturn. "If people have the means, they need to make sure they are spending their money locally," Perlow said. Behind her is the painting "Red Garden" by Nina Weiss.
Jesse James Valencia
Former Columbia police Officer Steven Rios, right, confers with his attorney, Gillis Leonard, on Tuesday as the prosecution gives opening statements during Rios' murder trial. Rios is accused in the death of MU student Jesse Valencia.
Annelle Whitt and her sons Jimmy Whitt, left, and Marcus Whitt see how many basketballs can fit into dad James Whitt's arms at the Midwest Sports Academy.
The Burnam family, from left to right — Ashley, Logan, Lexi and Weyen — enjoy a family dinner on Nov. 6. The family ate nachos and talked about the kids' adventures at the skate park.
Several sources confirmed on Monday that Missouri offensive coordinator Dave Christensen is set to become the new head football coach at Wyoming.