Martha Farris, of Pilot Knob, entered an Alford plea Wednesday to first-degree involuntary manslaughter in the death of 3-month-old Sam Pratt. The plea is not an admission of guilt, but acknowledges that prosecutors have sufficient evidence to gain a conviction. Attorney General Chris Koster's office prosecuted the case in Iron County. Koster's office says an autopsy showed that Sam died of non-accidental head trauma.
The attorney general says Farris told investigators she swung the baby, "plunked" him down hard on a couch and elbowed him in the head. The case prompted legislation limiting the ability of Missouri child care centers to continue operating while charges are pending.
20-year-old Christopher Horton allegedly video taped himself sexually assaulting at least two minors. There are few specifics in the crime, but the incidents occurred in the last 7 months. Horton faces federal and state charges and he is being held without bond. If convicted on the Federal charges, he could spend up to 60 years in prison.
Police say the suspect robbed a Commerce Bank Thursday afternoon around two in the afternoon and got away with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect is described as a black male standing 6'0" tall with a slender build. He appears to be between 30 and 40-years-old with a dark complexion.
Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect should call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.
Scott County Central School District superintendent Alvin McFerren told The Associated Press Friday that the school board has agreed to revise a handbook policy that prohibits same-sex dates at school dances. McFerren says the policy was adopted 10-15 years ago because students were attending prom as couples simply to save money - the couples price was cheaper than the individual cost.
The Southern Poverty Law Center on Thursday threatened legal action on behalf of Stacy Dawson, a male student who wanted to attend prom with his boyfriend. McFerren says Dawson can attend the dance on April 20 with whomever he chooses.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the school is appointing the head of its faculty search committee as an interim replacement rather than hire retired Army Col. Larry James, or a second finalist from the University of Minnesota.
James is dean of professional psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. His 22-year military career includes two stints overseeing interrogations at the U.S. military detention centers.
Faculty and student critics said James was involved in abuse of detainees. He denied the charges.
James had also coordinated mental health resources at the Pentagon after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Mark Woodworth walked out of the Livingston County jail at midday Friday and repeatedly said he was overwhelmed by the prospect of his new freedom. He thanked his friends and relatives for their support, hours after a judge's order releasing him on a $50,000 bond.
Woodworth has been serving a life sentence in the fatal shooting of Cathy Robertson, the wife of his father's farming partner. His latest conviction was thrown out in January when the Missouri Supreme Court ruled state prosecutors had failed to share evidence with Woodworth that could have helped his defense.
Attorney General Chris Koster quickly announced he would try Woodworth again.
A multi-vehicle accident this morning along I-55 caused some headaches for drivers. Emergency crews responded around 8:30 near I-55 and Lindbergh in Jefferson County.
KMOV-TV reports a truck hauling a trailer ran off the road and overturned in a ditch. Another vehicle then came to rest on its side. All northbound lanes of I-55 were completely shut down. One person suffered minor injuries.
A lawmaker from University City wants gun owners to give up their semi-automatic weapons. It's part of a bill introduced by democratic state representative Rory Ellinger.
Owning an assault weapon in Missouri would be illegal under the democrat's bill.
Ellinger filed a bill this week that would require gun owners to give up their semi-automatic weapons within 90 days of the measure's passage. Failure to surrender an assault weapon would result in a felony charge.
It would also be illegal to manufacture or import such weapons in the state. The measure would exempt state and federal law enforcement from the ban.
It's unlikely the Republican-led Legislature will act on it.
The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is working to increase diversity among its contractors and those who work for the contractors. In a recent settlement agreement stemming from a 2007 lawsuit, MSD is required to spend $4.7 billion over the next 23 years to implement sewer improvements throughout the city and county. Currently, MSD's goal for the project is to award 25% of its construction workforce for contracts to minority owned businesses. A recent disparity study suggested the company increase that number to 30%. The bidding process for contracts starts this spring.
New details emerging after a deadly confrontation between a homeowner and a young man in south city.
It happened around 1:30 this morning (Friday) at a home on Tennessee and Winnebago, just south of Gravois Park. Police say the homeowner saw a young man in his backyard, went to investigate, then shot the intruder, who has now been identified as 15-year-old Demetrius Murphy. Police say Murphy was with a 17-year-old male at the time, and the two were in the process of burglarizing the victim's home. Under Missouri law, the 17-year-old could now face murder charges, since a person was killed during the attempted burglary. Police say the homeowner's actions appeared to be justified.