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Hannibal man wants new trial after conviction in 2022 beating death

Hannibal man wants new trial after conviction in 2022 beating death

8 months, 3 weeks ago by Scott Hardy

Thomas Payne filed motion ahead of December 8th sentencing.

A Hannibal man, found Guilty last month in connection with the beating death last fall of a Hannibal man, says he wants a new trial.

Thomas Payne filed a motion Tuesday in Boone County Circuit Court, saying he wanted to either be acquitted, or have a new trial. Payne claims he was denied his rights to due process, a fair trial, effective counsel, to confront witnesses, to not incriminate himself, to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, to have an impartial jury and other charges. A hearing on the appeal is set for December 8th. If it's denied, Payne will be sentenced that same day. A Boone County jury found Payne Guilty in early October on one count of Assault. They also found him Not Guilty of a more serious crime of 2nd Degree Murder. The jury returned those verdicts at the end of the fifth day of Payne's trial. A second co-defendant, Kaelin Rickey, has pleaded Guilty to an assault charge as part of a settlement with prosecutors. Two other people, Tiara Bonner and Jason Anderson, also face counts of 2nd Degree Murder and Assault. Anderson is having his case heard in Boone County, while Bonner’s case is being heard in Adair County. Both are accused of taking part in the beating death last October 9th of Dusty Wilson, outside a bar in the 100 block of North Main Street.

Bonner and Anderson are held without bond in the Marion County Jail, while Payne and Rickey are both held on $100,000 cash-only bond each.

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