Some witnesses said Johnny Wright admitted he killed a Columbia woman, though it was difficult for them to recall after roughly 34 years.
The Columbia man gives the credit to his dog, Bruiser, and his wife, Cynthia.
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.
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 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.
The Columbia Police Department took two Douglass High School students into custody after school administrators discovered a loaded gun.
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.
Tajon Freelon, 19, and Moncory Dampier, 18, were arrested Thursday night in connection with the crime.
Peterson was arrested Friday in connection with the shooting death of James Leon Porter on Tuesday.
The Columbia Police Department will seek an arrest warrant for Zachariah Peterson after new developments in the James Leon Porter homicide case.
A Boone County man was arrested Friday in connection with an assault on a 10-year-old boy Jan. 17.
Columbia police have not yet released information regarding the location, contents or conditions of the Tahoe, wanted as part of a homicide investigation.
A Mexico teen charged with helping his family kill a drifter could be tried as an adult.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
An anonymous caller alerted police and identified the two suspects.
Monticelli was most recently the investigations bureau captain for the Columbia Police Department.