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UPDATE: Columbia man convicted of murder in 2020 death of neighbor

A Columbia man faces a potential life prison sentence after being convicted of second degree murder for a 2020 killing on Sycamore Hills, north of town.

A Boone County jury deliberated for about three hours Wednesday night, before convicting 56-year-old David Edward Myers of second degree murder and armed criminal action.

The Boone County Medical Examiner’s office testifies that Anthony Lockwood died from blood loss and deprivation of oxygen, from multiple stab wounds. The 39-year-old Lockwood was stabbed six times in the back. Myers took the witness stand on Wednesday, testifying that he killed Lockwood in self-defense.

The medical examiner’s office testified that Lockwood had meth and alcohol in his system when he died. However, the examiner’s office also testified that the meth did not contribute to Lockwood’s death.

Boone County Circuit Judge Brouck Jacobs has scheduled an April 22 sentencing date. Myers faces a prison sentence between ten and 30 years, and he’ll be eligible for parole after serving 85 percent of the sentence.

Boone County assistant prosecutor Justin Owens tells 939 the Eagle that he’s pleased with the verdict, adding that justice has been served. Mr. Owens says it’s been a long road for Lockwood’s survivors, noting the death happened in June 2020.

Prosecutor Owens also commends the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, saying Sheriff’s detectives Matt Vessar and Tony Perkins went above and beyond the call of duty in this case.

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