State’s Attorney, WPD: no charges in fatal July stabbing

Eric Boyer

Eric Boyer

Monroe County State’s Attorney Kris Reitz, in conjunction with the Waterloo Police Department, said no probable cause exists to support a charge of murder in the July 17 stabbing death of Eric Boyer at this time.

In a press release issued Tuesday, it was announced that an investigation into the incident at 1123 Cottonwood Lane in Waterloo is complete, subject to further developments.

“Based on the evidence provided by that investigation, probable cause does not exist to support a charge of murder in this matter, due to the application of the affirmative defenses of ‘self-defense’ and ‘use of force in defense of dwelling.’ As there is no statute of limitations for the offense of murder, the Waterloo Police Department will continue to pursue any further leads,” the press release states.

Police were called to the home of Alicia Pence shortly after 9:50 p.m. on July 17 for a reported stabbing inside the residence during an altercation. Upon arrival, officers found Boyer stabbed multiple times. He was later pronounced dead at a St. Louis hospital.

The man who stabbed Boyer in the incident, 20-year-old Christofer J. Russell, was taken into custody at the scene and was held at the Monroe County Jail on a pending charge of aggravated battery. He was released the next day pending further investigation and an eventual determination on possible charges.

Police said Russell was the one who called 911 in the incident. Police also said Boyer made threats upon his arrival at the residence.

For our earlier story from July, click here.






Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
HTC web