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Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey briefs reporters in Kansas City on October 30, 2023 (file photo courtesy of General Bailey's Flickr page)

(LISTEN): Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey appears on “Wake Up Mid-Missouri”

Columbia Police and city manager De’Carlon Seewood say nine of Columbia’s 11 homicides in 2022 involved domestic violence. Columbia’s latest homicide also involved domestic violence. 27-year-old John Williamson III is charged with first degree murder for the weekend killing of his ex-girlfriend Azairah Brownlee, who was shot to death in a street. Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey tells 939 the Eagle’s “Wake Up Mid-Missouri” that domestic violence victims often end up being killed. General Bailey tells listeners that police must investigate domestic violence cases and that that prosecutors must charge the suspects and keep them behind bars. Another topic that came on during our “Wake Up” interview is the recent call from the Mizzou Democratic Socialists of America for Columbia’s city council to approve a sanctuary city ordinance to protect its LGBTQ citizens. Columbia spokeswoman Sydney Olsen tells 939 the Eagle that Columbia’s legal department and the city’s Commission on Human Rights are currently reviewing that request and a similar one from another Columbia resident. General Bailey says he will not let what he calls progressive city leaders undermine state statute, saying state law preempts local control:

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