Court records show that the suspect charged in the shooting death of a Columbia man was the sole beneficiary of the victim's estate.
Twenty-three-year-old James Robert Thompson made his first appearance Monday on one count of first-degree murder in the death of 46-year-old Brian Daniels. A second suspect, Christopher James Hurt, is charged with providing a false alibi for Thompson.
Both men are jailed. The Boone County Public Defender's Office declined to comment.
According to court documents, Thompson told detectives he had been in a romantic relationship with Daniels that started about three years ago. Thompson claimed he left Columbia a day before Daniels' body was found. He says he spent the night with Glenn Anderson in St. Charles.
A later search of cell phone records show Thompson was actually in Columbia until at least 12:23 a.m. that night. Police say the first time he used his cell phone in St. Charles was 6:18 a.m. Wednesday.
Investigators also found legal documents in Daniels' home showing Thompson was recently named the sole beneficiary of Daniels' estate in February. Christopher Hurt and Thompson's mother signed as witnesses.
The probable cause statement says Thompson called police Wednesday to report that he had found Daniels' body.
Another witness told police Thompson asked him to become a power of attorney. The witness said he purchased a notary public stamp for the sole purpose of notarizing Daniels' will.