A Missouri man is dealing with a first-degree homicide cost within the killing of a teenage boy who was shot twice within the head and left in a drainage ditch 29 years in the past.
The chilly case arrest of William Niemet, 43, of Fulton, for the 1991 homicide of 15-year-old Gregory Jones marked the second time he has been charged in reference to the slaying, in response to a report.
He was first arrested days after authorities discovered the teenager’s physique in June 1991, Fox 22 Columbia reported Friday.
The case then was introduced in juvenile court docket, and court docket paperwork don’t say what Niemet, who was then 14, was charged with, in response to the station. The case was ultimately dropped and Niemet filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in opposition to the county and then-Sheriff John Hemeyer in 1997.
The lawsuit claimed the sheriff used “false info” to imprison Niemet to be able to “sweat out” a confession to the homicide, in response to the station. The court docket dismissed the case, saying Niemet had not proven any proof that Hemeyer fabricated proof in opposition to him.
At a information convention Thursday, Cole County Prosecutor Locke Thompson mentioned that developments in forensic expertise, not obtainable in 1991, led to Niemet’s new arrest, in response to the Jefferson City News Tribune. He didn’t say what these developments have been.
Authorities discovered Gregory’s physique six weeks after his dad and mom reported him lacking when he failed to indicate up for dinner.
The paper quoted the court docket papers as saying that over the course of the investigation, a number of witnesses got here ahead claiming Niemet claimed duty for Gregory’s homicide “with three witnesses reporting Niemet told them about the murder.”
Fox 22 reported that Niemet was additionally tied to a different suspicious dying in 2005. The sufferer, Shawanda Reed, was shot to dying a yr after buying a house from Niemet and one other man.
Niemet collected $150,000 in life insurance coverage after Reed died, in response to the station.
The payout led to a lawsuit that mentioned Niemet was an individual of curiosity within the girl’s killing, in response to the station.
The Columbia Day by day Tribune reported in 2006 that Niemet had been arrested and charged with taking out a fraudulent life insurance coverage coverage on Reed and forging paperwork to safe financing on her house, however that the costs have been later dropped by prosecutors resulting from lack of proof.