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Columbia man faces murder charge in connection with late-night Waffle House homicide


Boone County prosecutors have charged a Columbia man with murder in connection with a late Sunday night homicide outside of the Waffle House restaurant on Vandiver Drive.

Leo B. Robinson Jr., 50, faces a count each of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the shooting death of 51-year-old Reginald Ball.

Robinson's probable cause statement said he was verbally arguing with the shooting victim outside of the restaurant around 10:57 p.m.

Witnesses told police Robinson walked out of his vehicle and over to the shooting victim who was telling Robinson to "take his hand out of his pocket."

The court documents said Robinson got back in his vehicle and the victim approached when witnesses heard three gunshots.

Surveillance video from the restaurant showed the actions witnesses described, according to the probable cause statement. Investigators said in the documents the victim was seen collapsing and Robinson driving away from the parking lot.

Ball was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after officers arrived, the police department said in a Monday morning release.

ABC 17 News reached out to the police department for more information related to the shooting, a department spokesman could not say if Robinson was still on the run.

The spokesman said investigators are still looking into the shooting and that anyone with information on it is asked to call the police department at 573-874-7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

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