This murder happened on March 7, 2008
http://www.ksdk.com/news/local/story...storyid=196571Defense attorneys representing a St. Louis man accused of murder say they want to know by March 16 if prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against their client.
42-year-old Cleophus King faces a first degree murder charge in the March 2008 slaying of 38-year-old Assistant County Counselor Luke Meiners of University City.
Authorities say Meiners was stabbed and strangled inside a residence on Waterman Boulevard in the Central West End, before his body was then loaded into a vehicle and dumped into a wooded area near the Mississippi River in Venice, Illinois.
Police say Meiners was visiting the home on Waterman and was there voluntarily, although the details of his visit are not clear. Authorities have not said if Meiners was familiar with the suspects.
Officials believe robbery may have been the motive behind the killing. Meiners' credit cards were taken and his vehicle was missing.
Meiners worked as an attorney with the Counselor's office in Clayton for more than seven years. Prior to that, he was legal counsel for a St. Louis accounting firm.
About 8 years ago I had a very close friend hang himself after I dropped him off at home one night... he was buried near where I was living at the time with my family. I am rarely in that area but when I do go out there for some reason I always stop by his grave and bum him a cigarette (yes I know decaying bodies don't smoke anymore).
I was there yesterday and met a woman... Apparently Luke Meiners, the victim from the above case, is buried a few spots over from my friend. She told me his story and told me that one of his killers was one of the only two people being considered for the death penalty in Missouri right now.
I never see anyone else there when I am... it's not a huge cemetery... and I only stop by for literally a few minutes at a time every three or four months.... And I just happened to stop by exactly four years after Luke Meiners died and found a member of his family/friends who was open to sharing his story with me. While my friend's headstone was covered in fake flowers, McDonalds toys, an unopened bud light can, a headless doll (I have weird friends) and whatever else... Meiners' grave was bare. If I wasn't so broke I would have bought him some fake flowers or something before I left the area.... She said he didn't smoke... so there wasn't anything else on me I could have left for him.