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28-year-old Larry Brownlee Jr. of Columbia is jailed without bond, described by the court as a flight risk and danger to the community (September 2023 mug shot courtesy of the Boone County Sheriff's Department website)

Columbia murder suspect charged with killing child back in court today

The Boone County Circuit Court describes 28-year-old Larry Brownlee Jr. of Columbia as “a flight risk and danger to the community” (September 2023 mug shot courtesy of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department website)

A Columbia man charged with last week’s gruesome killing of a three-year-old child in north Columbia will appear in court via video this afternoon.

Boone County prosecutors have charged 28-year-old Larry Brownlee with second degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm. Brownlee remains jailed without bond this morning. A Boone County circuit judge has described Brownlee as a flight risk and a danger to the community.

The Columbia Police Department’s heavily-redacted two-page probable cause statement against Brownlee indicates the child’s mother originally told CPD detectives conflicting stories about what happened. Court documents also quote the mother as saying that Brownlee asked her multiple times last Sunday “not to tell on him.”

Brownlee is scheduled to appear in Boone County Circuit Court at 1 pm via video, before Boone County Judge Stephanie Morrell. Boone County Prosecutor Roger Johnson has filed a motion for no bond, saying Brownlee shot the child in the stomach. Prosecutor Johnson’s motion also notes Brownlee has several previous convictions, including assault and domestic assault.

The probable cause statement also says Brownlee did not remain on-scene at the hospital to speak to Columbia Police.

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