LEBANON, Mo. (AP) — A jury has recommended the death penalty for a man convicted of killing an elderly couple who interrupted a burglary at their south-central Missouri home in July 2010.
The jury that was brought to Laclede County from Franklin County deliberated about four hours Friday afternoon before reaching its recommendation for 33-year-old Jesse Driskill of Lebanon, Missouri.
The same panel convicted Driskill on Wednesday of first-degree murder in the deaths of 82-year-old Johnnie Wilson and 76-year-old Coleen Wilson at their secluded home near Lebanon. Both were shot, and Coleen Wilson was raped before their killer tried to burn their bodies.
Laclede County Circuit Judge Kenneth Hayden will consider the jury's recommendation when he sentences Driskill on November 5th.
Besides murder, Driskill was also convicted of rape, sodomy, burglary and armed criminal action.
GOLDEN CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man has been charged with abducting, sexually assaulting and killing a 12-year-old girl whose body was found earlier in the week in southwest Missouri.
Thirty-four-year-old Bobby Bourne Junior of Lockwood was charged Friday in Barton County with child kidnapping, forcible and statutory rape and first-degree murder. Bourne is being held on $2 million bond. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.
His alleged victim, Adriaunna Horton, was reported missing Monday shortly after she was last seen getting into a vehicle in Golden City, where she lived with her father. Bourne was arrested about two hours later in Golden City.
Horton's body was found Wednesday on private land in a rural area in neighboring Dade County.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A conservative Missouri political committee says it may recruit candidates to run in primary elections against Republican legislators who vote against an income tax cut.
Bev Randles chairs The Missouri Club for Growth, which is part of a coalition urging lawmakers to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto of the tax-cut legislation.
Randles said Friday her group won't support the re-election bid of anyone who votes against the veto override and likely would look for a challenger to set up a 2014 primary.
The head of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry also said the tax-cut legislation would be a high priority as it rates lawmakers.
The Legislature is to convene September 11th to consider overriding bills vetoed by Nixon. Republicans hold supermajorities in both the House and Senate.
Governor Jay Nixon says Texas Governor Rick Perry crossed the line when he voiced an ad that is airing across Missouri. The ad tries to lure businesses to Texas by slamming Missouri's tax policy. Governor Nixon does not appreciate the message and says it demonstrates that Perry does not have a good understanding of the reality confronting leaders.
"Anybody who thinks that the future is going to be made by state-against-state pettiness doesn't understand that there are factories opening up in China, that there are kids in school in France, that we have to compete to win the future," said Nixon.
Perry is running the ads ahead of a trip to the Show-me-State in which he will rally Missouri lawmakers to override Governor Nixon's veto of a bill that would have lowered some taxes and raised other.
Nixon had recommendations on what the governor do in Missouri. "When he comes, he [should] go to a store and buy something because he'll notice it's cheaper in Missouri because we have a lower sales tax rate," said Nixon. "And when he's here, maybe he ought to look at buying a house, because our property taxes are way lower than they are in Texas. And he won't have any trouble getting somebody who can help him add up the numbers, because our kids' ACT scores are way higher than they are in Texas."
Lawmakers meet on September 11 to decide which bills they will try to override.
Charges are filed against a 20-year-old man for allegedly shooting and killing his teenage sister.
Police say Marcus Anderson accidentally shot his sister, Alicia Anderson in their North St. Louis home Thursday afternoon. It appears that Marcus, who has a mental disability, was playing with a shotgun when he fired the shot. Investigators say the gun did not belong any family members, but was being stored for a family friend.
A judge set Anderson's bond at $20,000.
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A self-described conservative and anti-abortion activist says she'll mount a second Democratic challenge to Republican congressman John Shimkus.
Angela Michael tells the Belleville News-Democrat she's challenging the long-time incumbent and hopes to use her candidacy to draw attention to abortion.
She did the same thing in 2012 when Democrats didn't mount an opponent to face Shimkus, who was first elected to congress in 1996. Michael received about 31 percent of the vote in that general election, compared with Shimkus' 69 percent.
Michael and her husband have 13 children and regularly protest outside an area abortion clinic. She says he hopes to use FCC laws about election advertisements to show graphic images of fetuses, the way she did in 2012.
The 15th District includes 33 counties.
Two Lindbergh school district students are receiving recognition for an academic achievement: they both got a perfect score on the ACT.
Senior Ben Ledeaux and freshman Roo-nak Bera aced the test--a feat accomplished by less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT nationwide. The Lindbergh School District says both students are in Lindbergh’s PEGS program, Program for Exceptionally Gifted Students.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Missouri Botanical Garden has completed a 26-year effort to document the state's extensive plant life.
The flora encyclopedia fills almost 1,400 pages and lists nearly 3,000 plants. It's the third volume in a series started 50 years ago by the St. Louis research center.
Each plant species is described in great detail. There are notes on taxonomy, distribution, plant uses and conservation issues. The state Department of Conservation collaborated on the project.
A woman is in critical condition after being shot in the head.
Police say the woman was in a car with three other people around 10:45 last night when a car pulled alongside them and someone opened fire. The woman was hit in the head and rushed to the hospital. Officers say there was a baby in the car when the shooting occurred.
The motive for the shooting remains under investigation.
A warning to members of Missouri Credit Union: Attorney General Chris Koster says there was an accidental release of personal information earlier this summer.
Koster is encouraging members of the credit union to monitor their accounts. Missouri Credit Union officials alerted Koster that the information was only available for a short time and they quickly fixed the problem. The credit union has 39,000 members. Koster also listed several warning signs that your identity may have been stolen.
They included receiving unexplained mail, receiving several phone calls for another person, and being denied credit.
Addition signs that you may be the victim of identity theft include:
- Receiving unexplained mail;
- Having mail rerouted or stopped;
- Receiving multiple phone calls for another person;
- Being denied credit;
- Learning of unexplained changes to your credit score;
- Seeing accounts which are not your own on your credit report;
- Receiving collection calls for another's accounts;
- Being told by a service provider, lender or banker that your Social Security number cannot be verified or is already in use in their system;
- Receiving telephone calls from someone who wants to obtain additional information about you;
- Being told by a vendor or provider that they cannot verify your account or locate your account:
- Unexpected notices by mail, email, or text that your address or password have been changed;
- Seeing unexplained charges or withdrawals from accounts;
- Noticing unusual charges to accounts.
For more information on reporting and protecting yourself from identity theft, visit the attorney general's website or call the Consumer Hotline at 800-392-8222.