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August 24, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Convicted murderer Mark Woodworth, 22, will await his new trial at home with his family, thanks to friends, who raised the $500,000 for his bond through hog roasts and bake sales. People in Chillicothe, a northwest Missouri community of 9,000, have been holding fund-raisers since February, when the Missouri Court of Appeals ordered a new trial for Woodworth. Many believe he is innocent.
February 24, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A Kansas City, Mo., man was charged with second-degree murder, robbery, child abuse and kidnapping in the death of a 6-year-old dragged outside of his mother's allegedly stolen car. Kim L. Davis, 34, was jailed without bail. The family of the boy, Jake D. Robel of Blue Springs, released a statement: "We love him, miss him and will always keep his spirit with us. We want to take this opportunity to extend thanks and appreciation to the people who ended this tragedy."
In this city, like so many others, violent death among inner-city youth has become so routine that people hardly notice any more. But, since May, City Councilwoman Carol Coe and a handful of civic leaders have laid a plan to engage the machinery of law enforcement, social services and media saturation to prove it doesn't have to be that way. They have resolved to make August a month without murders. It's a tall order.
November 6, 1997 | From Associated Press
Prosecutors say they are outraged over a judge's decision to put a man on probation after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shaking death of his baby son. Eric J. Coffey, 21, said he shook his 3-month-old son in frustration because the boy would not quit crying. On Tuesday, state Judge Jack Gant sentenced Coffey to the probation and ordered him to attend classes on anger control and parenting.
A Granada Hills teenager was convicted of first-degree murder Thursday for killing a classmate at a Baptist boarding school for troubled youths in Missouri. Joseph Stanley Burris, 16, was the second teenager to stand trial in the March 25, 1996, slaying of William Futrelle, 16, of Boca Raton, Fla., at the Mountain Park Baptist Church and Boarding Academy in the town of Patterson, about 110 miles south of St. Louis.
July 16, 1996 | Associated Press
Pandemonium erupted Monday when a man fatally shot an aerobics instructor, then fired at her class of 20 or so women at a suburban St. Louis fitness center. Laura West, 32, was shot three or four times. No one else was hurt. Police were looking for her ex-husband, said Police Chief Robert Lowery. Police said the suspect went to the Total You Fitness Center to pay alimony to West, then sat down to wait for a receipt. As class ended about 9 a.m.
March 18, 1997 | From Associated Press
Two men with assault rifles opened fire during a bank robbery Monday, killing a guard and then leading police on a chase that ended with a fiery crash in a park. One suspect was arrested after the crash but the other escaped, and police were not immediately sure whether they got any money. FBI agent Wiley Thompson said it could have been a copycat crime because there were similarities to a recent deadly bank robbery attempt in Los Angeles nearly two weeks ago.
September 14, 2000 | Reuters
A man convicted of a murder prompted by an argument over machine guns was executed in Missouri early Wednesday, becoming the fourth inmate put to death in the state this year. George Harris, 41, was sentenced to die for the murder of 20-year-old Stanley Willoughby of Kansas City in March 1989. Last-minute appeals filed by Harris with the U.S. Supreme Court and Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan were rejected Tuesday night.
March 22, 1991 | United Press International
A jury has recommended that a 75-year-old farmer be sentenced to death after convicting him of five counts of first-degree murder. Jurors returned the recommendation Wednesday night. They earlier had found Ray Copeland guilty of killing five transient workers in order to cover up what prosecutors said was a fraudulent cattle-buying scheme. Scotland County Circuit Judge E. Richard Webber is expected to make his decision on the sentence next month.
March 31, 1987 | United Press International
A 16-year-old boy was charged Monday with manslaughter in the deaths of four teen-age passengers killed at a spot where youths frequently make their cars "hill-hop" over a crest in the road, police said. The youth, who was driving the car, was the only survivor of the crash Sunday. The car crested the hill at high speed and went out of control, hitting two trees and a stop sign, police said.
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