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41-year-old Keith Comfort has been sentenced to 26 years in prison (undated file photo courtesy of the Boone County Sheriff's Department website)

Boone County judge interested in trial readiness in high-profile Columbia murder case

40-year-old Keith Comfort remains jailed in Boone County (undated photo courtesy of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department website)

A Boone County judge is expected to ask attorneys Tuesday afternoon in a high-profile Columbia murder case where they are on trial readiness.

40-year-old Keith Comfort is charged with second degree murder for the death of his wife, Megan Shultz.

Boone County prosecutors say Comfort strangled his wife in 2006, before placing her body in a dumpster on Amelia near Old Highway 63. Columbia Police found her remains in the city landfill in 2019.

The Columbia Police Department’s probable cause statement quotes Comfort as telling Wisconsin police that he and his wife had an argument in 2006 and that she swung her arms at him. Comfort is quoted in the court documents as saying he took his wife to the ground and strangled her, before placing her body in the dumpster.

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