Joseph Elledge
Joseph Elledge has been convicted of second degree murder for the death of his wife, Menggi Ji

Elledge’s motion for new trial to be heard in January; sentencing delayed until January 7

Joseph Elledge
Joseph Elledge is charged with first degree murder

A Columbia man convicted of killing his wife in 2019 will spend Christmas in the Boone County jail, instead of a state prison.

A judge has approved a request from Joseph Elledge’s attorneys to delay the sentencing until January 7. The 26-year-old Elledge was convicted of second degree murder in November for the death of his wife, Menggi Ji.

Elledge was originally scheduled to be sentenced on December 17. Judge Brouck Jacobs will also consider Elledge’s motion for a new trial on January 7.

Elledge’s attorney, Scott Rosenblum, has filed a five-page motion for a new trial. Rosenblum says the judge erred in allowing more than nine hours of audio recordings to be admitted. Rosenblum also says Boone County Prosecutor Dan Knight improperly argued that the jury should “send a message” during his closing arguments.

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