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Cellmate of dead prisoner identified

6-18-2013 Missouri:

Court documents have confirmed the name of the cellmate of a registered sex offender found dead in his cell at the Buchanan County Law Enforcement Center last week.

Tony King, 29, of Bethany, Mo., who awaits sentencing after being convicted of murdering his 7-year-old son, was identified as the other inmate inside the jail cell when Michael A. Bozarth, 25, died last week. Officials called the death “suspicious” but have not filed any charges in connection with Mr. Bozarth’s death.

The identity of the other cellmate was revealed when Mr. King’s attorney filed court documents requesting that his murder sentencing be delayed until July. Mr. King was scheduled to be sentenced last week.

The motion for continuance states the reason for delay, “Mr. King is experiencing severe mental trauma as a result (of his cellmate’s death).”

Mr. King was found guilty last month of first-degree murder, arson and felony child abuse. A jury agreed with charges that he killed his 7-year-old son, Jeremiah Lamm, and then torched his Bethany, Mo., mobile home with the body inside. The charges originated from Harrison County but were moved to Buchanan County on a change of venue.

Early last Tuesday, Mr. Bozarth was found dead on his bed mat inside the jail. Other inmates had alerted deputies to sounds coming from the cell before the body was discovered.

Sheriff Mike Strong told FOX 26 KNPN he anticipated charges to be filed late this morning or early afternoon.

Mr. Bozarth was required to register as a sex offender after being convicted of third-degree sexual misconduct in January 2005.

On Jan. 13, he pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and was sentenced to 90 days in the Buchanan County Jail. He had remained in custody on two charges that stemmed from alleged incidents in which Mr. Bozarth sodomized two children under the age of 9 through various sexual acts, according to court documents. ..Source.. by Julie Love



Accused Child Molester Killed in Missouri Jail Cell While Awaiting Trial

6-11-2013:

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- An accused sex-offender was found dead in his cell in the Buchanan County Jail Tuesday morning. Sheriff Mike Strong says jail staff discovered Michael Bozarth, 25, around 2 a.m.

Bozarth was in jail awaiting trial in November on three counts of 1st degree statutory sodomy. In court documents, police say he molested two children under the age of nine.

Bozarth has a long history of crimes involving sex, drugs and violence: In July of 2005, Bozarth was convicted of sexual misconduct, sentenced to 15 days in jail, and ordered to register as a sex offender. Since then, he has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 252 days for loitering near a school building. In June of 2007, he pleaded guilty for failing to register as a sex offender. He was sentenced to five days in jail, according to court records.

Authorities say there were only two people in the cell. Buchanan County Sheriff Mike Strong called the death suspicious. He would not comment on how Bozarth died. This is the first homicide in the county jail on Strong's watch. He says the investigation is ongoing. ..Source.. by MissouriNet



Accused Sex Offender Found Dead In Buchanan County Jail Cell

n accused sex-offender was found dead in his cell in the Buchanan County Jail Tuesday morning. Sheriff Mike Strong says jail staff discovered Michael Bozarth, 25, around two a.m.

There were only two people in the cell. Strong called the death suspicious. He would not comment on how the man died. This is the first homicide in the county jail under Sheriff Strong’s watch.

“The nature of the crime scene, the setting and a lot of things just don’t fit,” Strong said in an interview. “We’re investigating it as a homicide.”

Bozarth was scheduled for jury trial in November on three counts of 1st degree statutory sodomy for allegedly molesting two children under the age of nine.

Bozarth had a long criminal history involving sex, drugs and violence.

In July of 2005 Bozarth was convicted of sexual misconduct, sentenced to 15 days in jail, and ordered to register as a sex offender. Since then he has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 252 days for loitering near a school building. In June of 2007, he pleaded guilty for failing to register as a sex offender. He was sentenced to five days in jail, according to court records. ..Source..

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I miss my cousin why tf did Tony do this....

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