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ABC’s “20/20” to profile the James Addie mid-Missouri case on Friday night

A mid-Missouri murder case with ties to Moberly, Mexico, Columbia and Middle Grove will receive national attention again Friday night in a two-hour special on ABC’s “20/20.” Click here to view the trailer for tonight’s program.

The case involves James Addie, a former Moberly Correctional Center employee convicted of killing his secret fiancée.

Addie is serving a life prison sentence for killing Molly Watson, who was shot to death execution-style along a dusty road near Middle Grove, east of Moberly. Watson was wearing her engagement ring at the time she was killed.

At the time of the 2018 murder, Addie had been married for 22 years to a teaching assistant in Audrain County.

Addie was living two lives: one as a married man and father who worked at Moberly Correctional Center, and the other with a secret fiancée planning a wedding in Columbia.

Addie’s April 2021 trial at the Cole County Courthouse in Jefferson City was broadcast live on Court TV. The case was moved to Jefferson City on a change of venue, and the jury was selected in Cole County.  That’s because of the pretrial publicity and media coverage in the Moberly and Mexico areas.

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