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Jefferson City murder suspect moved from Cole County Jail to prison

A man accused of killing two people in Jefferson City on Thanksgiving is in prison, according to Cole County Sheriff John Wheeler.

Wheeler said Torry Upchurch, 27, is no longer in Cole County's custody. He is now back in the custody of the Missouri Department of Corrections because of a parole warrant, Wheeler said.

According to the Department of Corrections website, Upchurch was previously in prison for burglary.

Jefferson City police arrested Upchurch Thanksgiving night after he walked into the police station with blood on him. According to court documents, Upchurch admitted to killing two people.

A probable cause statement said Upchurch knocked on the door to an apartment at 1308 W. McCarty St. and shot the person who opened the door in the face with a 9 mm handgun.

Upchurch then allegedly shot a woman multiple times in a vehicle at 2903 Southridge Drive.

Court documents said he later showed up at the police station and told people in the lobby about details of the killings.

Police later identified the victims as Earle Key Jr., 17, of Jefferson City and Shantae Hill-Cook, 33, of Columbia.

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