Edwardsville, Ill. – Prosecutors in the Metro East said they will not seek the death penalty for Terry Sedlacek, the man accused of killing a Baptist minister during a church service nearly three weeks ago.
Sedlacek faces first degree murder charges in the death of Pastor Fred Winters. He was also charged with aggravated battery in the stabbing of two parishioners at the First Baptist Church in Maryville.
St. Louis, MO – The chief of the St. Louis County police has announced his retirement.
Colonel Jerry Lee says he will serve until August 1st or until the board selects a new chief. The 38-year veteran has led the department since June 2004.
St. Louis County Police Association president Bob Frohne says the union will be sorry to see Lee go. Frohne says the chief was loyal to both the sworn officers and the department's civilian employees. He says he's glad the new chief will come from within the department.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House has given first-round approval to the state budget for next year.
The amended spending plan restores funding for Meals on Wheels, which provides food to the elderly, but it does not include a proposal by Governor Jay Nixon to expand health care to tens of thousands of low-income parents and children.
During debate, Republican House Member Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph compared so-called big government health care to slavery.