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.