Guilty Plea Caps Prosecution in Murder

February 11, 2006 - Posted at 12:31 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ A 41-year-old Columbia man has pleaded

guilty to second-degree murder in a beating death.

Walter Harris was one of four people originally charged in the

slaying of Fernando Olivares, who was beaten and robbed last

January in his home.

Boone County Assistant Prosecutor Dan Knight recommended that

Harris be sentenced to life in prison without probation. The judge

in the case delayed action on a second count of first-degree

robbery until after sentencing April tenth.

Police say the attack on Olivares was made after the victim told

co-workers he had inherited more than 30-thousand dollars, which he

kept in a safe at his home.

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