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Witnesses struggle with details in Doisy murder trial

Some witnesses said Johnny Wright admitted he killed a Columbia woman, though it was difficult for them to recall after roughly 34 years.

Citizen holds stealing suspect at gunpoint

The Columbia man gives the credit to his dog, Bruiser, and his wife, Cynthia.

Roommate of Wright likely to be key witness in murder trial

Opening statements and four witnesses have been called so far in Johnny Wright's trial for second-degree murder in the presumed killing of Becky Doisy in 1976.

Study: Missouri has nation's top black homicide rate

Police officers point to a "subculture of violence" and a proliferation of guns on city streets. Nearly 86 percent of Missouri's black homicides occur in the state's most urban areas, and guns were involved in most cases.

Opening statements set for Wednesday morning in Doisy murder case

Opening statements for Johnny Wright's trial were set to begin Wednesday morning after it took almost nine hours to choose his jury Tuesday. Wright is on trial for the 1976 murder of 23-year-old Columbia woman Becky Doisy.

Students found with gun at Douglass High School

The Columbia Police Department took two Douglass High School students into custody after school administrators discovered a loaded gun.

Jury selection for 34-year-old Doisy murder case begins Tuesday

Johnny Wright is charged with the 1976 murder of Becky Doisy, an art student and waitress. It may be the most difficult case Boone County prosecutors have handled in many years.

Two being held on suspicion of armed robbery

Tajon Freelon, 19, and Moncory Dampier, 18, were arrested Thursday night in connection with the crime.

UPDATE: Zachariah Peterson arrested on charges of second-degree murder, armed criminal action

Peterson was arrested Friday in connection with the shooting death of James Leon Porter on Tuesday.

Columbia police have probable cause for Peterson arrest warrant

The Columbia Police Department will seek an arrest warrant for Zachariah Peterson after new developments in the James Leon Porter homicide case.

Man arrested on suspicion of assault on 10-year-old boy

A Boone County man was arrested Friday in connection with an assault on a 10-year-old boy Jan. 17.

Peterson's missing Chevy Tahoe found

Columbia police have not yet released information regarding the location, contents or conditions of the Tahoe, wanted as part of a homicide investigation.

Mexico teen charged in drifter's death faces hearing

A Mexico teen charged with helping his family kill a drifter could be tried as an adult.

UPDATE: Judge denies prosecution's final motion before Johnny Wright trial begins

A shovel and hoe that went missing in the same time frame that Becky Doisy disappeared in 1976 will not be allowed as evidence against Johnny Wright, her accused killer. 

Columbia Police arrest two suspects for slaying of homeless man

Columbia Police arrested two suspects Tuesday in connection with the Oct. 23 death of Jerry Edward Schneider. Ricky Lee Gaddy and Travis Grant Birkhead are suspected of striking Schneider in the head then stabbing him.

 

State building circumstantial case against accused in Doisy death

Because Becky Doisy's body was never found, Boone County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Hicks is making a case built on a burglary, a missing shovel, an attempted shooting and a sudden departure. How much of it he will be allowed to present before a jury remains a question.

UPDATE: Police find man sought in possible connection with Porter shooting

The Columbia Police Department received a call about a man matching Zachariah Peterson's description walking on north Providence Road. Police think Peterson might have had contact with James Leon Porter on the day of his death.

UPDATE: Homicide victim at Columbia mobile-home park identified

The victim was James Leon Porter, 31, a resident of Sunset Mobile Home Park in southeast Columbia. The source of his wounds has not been determined.

Two more suspects from Kilgore's burglary arrested Tuesday

An anonymous caller alerted police and identified the two suspects.

Capt. Stephen Monticelli promoted to deputy chief

Monticelli was most recently the investigations bureau captain for the Columbia Police Department.

 

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