***UPDATE 4:10 pm Monday***
The AP reports Perez was arrested in Sedalia on January 29th, but was released a day later after Pettis County prosecutors declined to charge him with assault in a separate case. The Prosecutor’s office hasn’t commented on that case yet.
*** UPDATE 1:30 pm Monday***
Police have named the suspect as 33-year-old Rudy Perez, Jr. of Sedalia. He’s been charged with first-degree murder, and his cash-only bond is set at one million dollars.
***UPDATE Noon Monday***
Columbia Police now tell us the victim is 78-year-old Robert Hill of Warsaw. The assault occurred at about 6:30 p.m. Friday, and Hill died at about 10:30 p.m.
***UPDATE MONDAY 11:15 a.m.***
We’re still waiting on the names of the suspect and victim in a murder at the Columbia VA hospital on Friday. We have learned the victim was a 77-year-old man. The suspect is a 33-year-old man. They were both patients at the hospital. The suspect is in custody, and apparently didn’t use a weapon during the fight. We could learn the names of the people involved as early as today.
We’re hoping to get more details later today about a murder at the Columbia VA hospital. All authorities are saying so far is that both the suspect and the victim in the death Friday night were patients at the hospital, and that the suspect is in custody. Columbia Police took over the investigation from the VA Hospital Police on Saturday.