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37-year-old Adam Conner of Columbia is charged with second degree murder (October 11, 2022 file mug shot courtesy of the Boone County Sheriff's Department website)

Columbia man jailed without bond for hammer death could request a bond reduction

37-year-old Adam Conner of Columbia is charged with second degree murder
(October 11, 2022 mug shot courtesy of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department website)

A Columbia man accused of beating a woman to death with a claw hammer inside her home recently will appear in court Wednesday afternoon, via video.

37-year-old Adam Conner is charged in Boone County with second degree murder and tampering with physical evidence.

Prosecutors say Conner killed 59-year-old Patricia Kelly on October 8. Kelly was the roommate of Conner’s mother.¬†Court documents allege Conner killed the victim with a claw hammer, before placing the body under a rug inside a utility closet, then putting a wheelchair on top of it. Kelly lived on High Quest drive, which is near Lange middle school.

Conner is now represented by public defender Kaitlyn Bullard, who could request a bond reduction at today’s 1 pm hearing before Boone County Judge Stephanie Morrell.

Graphic court documents obtained by 939 the Eagle say the victim was beaten to death with a claw hammer inside the home, which is near Smiley lane. The injuries were so horrific that it took authorities a few days to make a formal identification.

Conner has numerous prior convictions.

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