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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)

Hearing set for next week 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 Columbia man who’s charged with strangling his wife in 2006 and then putting her body in an apartment dumpster will be in court next week for a hearing.

40-year-old Keith Comfort is charged with second degree murder for the 2006 death of his wife, Megan Shultz. They lived on Amelia, south of the Business Loop. Columbia Police found Megan’s remains in 2019, after searching the city’s 100-acre landfill for days.

The “Columbia Missourian” reported in January that Comfort’s trial was originally set to begin this spring, but was delayed to give Boone County prosecutors time to conduct a psychological evaluation.

The Columbia Police Department’s two-page 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 an apartment dumpster on Amelia, near old Highway 63.

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