COLUMBIA − Circuit Judge Jeff Harris declined to set bond Friday for Jeffrey McWilliams, a Columbia man charged with a 2017 murder.
The Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office confirmed to KOMU 8 News that McWilliams will continue to have no bond. He is in the Boone County Jail.
McWilliams' attorney, Stephen Wyse, filed a motion Wednesday asking that his client's bond be set at $50,000.
Wyse wrote in the motion that "as an innocent man, McWilliams did not flee the jurisdiction or otherwise conceal himself after providing a DNA sample to the government."
It also states that McWilliams has been a "long time resident of Boone County, has strong family connections in the community and his business connections provide him a strong tie to the community."
McWilliams, a co-owner of McLanks restaurant, is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in connection to the death of Augustus Roberts. He is the latest person to be charged in connection with a marijuana distribution ring that police say Roberts was involved with.
McWilliams' next scheduled court appearance is 10 a.m. June 3.