Asbell hearing set on murder charge
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Asbell hearing set on murder charge

The man charged in the murder of a Monroe City woman is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in Monroe County District Court in Paris on Sept. 2

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Defendant denied bond in Johnston murder case
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Defendant denied bond in Johnston murder case

A woman charged with trying to help cover up the alleged murder of a Monroe City woman last week was denied bond during an arraignment on Tuesday morning

Body of missing Monroe City woman found; murder charge is filed
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Body of missing Monroe City woman found; murder charge is filed

PARIS, Mo. | A man was charged on Saturday afternoon with murdering a missing Monroe city woman.


 Jerry Asbell, 29, of Monroe City, was charged with the alleged first-degree murder of Amanda Johnston, 32, by Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Talley Kendrick Smith. Additionally, he was charged with armed criminal action. He is being held in the Monroe County Jail without bond.


 According to the charging document, Asbell could face up to life imprisonment with no parole, or the death penalty if convicted on the first-degree murder charge.


 Jessica Ellsworth, 37, of Monroe City was charged with felony tampering with evidence in the alleged murder case. She is in the Macon County Jail, according to police.


 Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Eric Brown said Johnston's body was found off a road in rural Pike County early Saturday morning after an extensive four-day search.

Highway Patrol cites nearly 600 speeders
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Highway Patrol cites nearly 600 speeders

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. | The Missouri State Highway Patrol issued 668 moving violations during its high speed enforcement campaign during July 17-18.

Gov. Parson meets with Hannibal area officials about violent crime
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Gov. Parson meets with Hannibal area officials about violent crime

HANNIBAL | Gov. Mike Parson met with Hannibal leaders and law enforcement officials to discuss violent crime on Tuesday at Hannibal-LaGrange University.
Parson and Director of Public Safety Sandy Karsten have been traveling around the state to meet with law enforcement, city officials, judges and legislators to come up with ideas to curb the rise of violent crime in Missouri.

Ray waives arraignment in shooting case
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Ray waives arraignment in shooting case

The former Center city clerk, who is charged with allegedly firing shots that wounded two Ralls County Sheriff's officers, waived arraignment during a hearing in Boone County late last month

Bond hearing set for Cobb
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Bond hearing set for Cobb

Corey L. Cobb, 26, of Hannibal, faces a second-degree murder charge stemming from the shooting death of Billy R. Williams, of Hannibal

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