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Police: Man accused of downtown killing turned himself in

marlin johnson
Boone County Jail
Marlin C. Johnson.
Columbia Police Department
Marlin C. Johnson.


Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones confirmed to ABC 17 News that a 24-year-old man accused of a recent homicide turned himself in Thursday.

Marlin C. Johnson is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Joseph Hecht, 38, of Sturgeon.

Jones and CPD officer Matt Stephens held a news conference Wednesday and said police were still looking for Johnson after the weekend killing.

Another man, 23-year-old Kesan McNeal, is also charged in connection with the killing. Online court records said he faced a count of accessory to second-degree murder.

Online jail records said Johnson was in Boone County Jail custody Thursday afternoon being held on a $1 million bond.

This is a developing story, watch ABC 17 News at 6 for the latest information.

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Matt Ragsdale

Matt Ragsdale is a broadcast and digital producer at ABC 17 News.


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