City of Columbia Missouri Police Department Police Department

600 E. Walnut Street
Columbia, MO 65201

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 30, 2020

CONTACT: Brittany Hilderbrand
Community Relations Specialist/Public Information Officer
Columbia Police Department
City of Columbia
573.874.7671
policepio@CoMo.gov

Jeff Pitts
Community Relations Specialist/Public Information Officer
Columbia Police Department
City of Columbia
573.817.5049
policepio@CoMo.gov

Update: Columbia Police arrest second suspect related to the homicide near South 8th Street and Locust Street, July 25

(COLUMBIA, MO) -

Columbia Police have arrested Marlin Cortez Johnson, 24, of Columbia, for his involvement in the homicide that took place near South 8th Street and Locust Street on July 25. 

Johnson has been arrested for the charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action and will be remanded in the custody of the Boone County Jail.

On July 25, at approximately 12:40 a.m., Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired where officers learned one gunshot victim was taken in a private vehicle to a local hospital for advanced medical care before officers and Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene.

The victim was later identified as Joseph Hecht, 38, of Sturgeon, Mo., who died due to injuries from a gunshot wound on Saturday, July 25.

During the investigation officers learned that two suspects were involved. 

The first suspect was identified as Kesan Tyree McNeal, 23, of Columbia. He was arrested for 2nd-degree murder and remanded in the custody of the Boone County Jail on July 26.

Columbia police would like to say thank you to the public and downtown businesses for their assistance in this case. This is an ongoing investigation and there are no additional details available at this time. 

If you know something, say something. Please call the Columbia police department at 573-874-7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS.

Case Number 2020-006570

Previous Press Release(s):

Columbia police holds press conference relating to July 25th homicide 

https://www.como.gov/CMS/pressreleases/view.php?id=6959 

Update: Columbia police identifies second suspect related to the homicide near South 8th Street and Locust Street, July 25

https://www.como.gov/CMS/pressreleases/view.php?id=6953 

UPDATE: Victim with gunshot injury dies and one arrest made from July 25 shooting in area of South 8th Street and Locust Street

https://www.como.gov/CMS/pressreleases/view.php?id=6951 

Columbia police investigate shots fired in area of South 8th Street and Locust Street, July 25

https://www.como.gov/CMS/pressreleases/view.php?id=6950 



City of Columbia Vision
Columbia is the best place for everyone to live, work, learn and play.

City of Columbia Mission
To serve the public through democratic, transparent and efficient government.

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