Friday, June 21, 2013

Inmate charged with murder of cellmate in St. Joseph

Posted by on Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Tony King was awaiting sentencing for one murder when he committed another, prosecutors say.
  • Tony King was awaiting sentencing for one murder when he committed another, prosecutors say.

A convicted murderer at Buchanan County Jail in St. Joseph has been charged with killing his cellmate, Michael Bozarth, 25, in their cell. Tony King was charged this week with strangling Bozarth, whose body was discovered by jail staff members on June 9. King made his first court appearance today.

King is currently awaiting sentencing for murdering his 7-year-old son, according to KQTV Channel 2 in St. Jo. In May, he was convicted of strangling the boy and setting their home on fire after he was dead.

He'll be sentenced on July 12 for the child's murder, and he'll be back in court on July 23 for a hearing on the Bozarth murder. Bozarth reportedly was awaiting trial on three counts of statutory sodomy after he allegedly molested two children younger than 9 years old. He had previously served jail time for sexual misconduct and failing to register as a sex offender.

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