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Convicted murderers Joseph Elledge and Lynlee Renick both due in court Monday

KMIZ ABC 17 News
KMIZ ABC 17 News
 2022-01-24
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

Two convicted murderers are both set to continue with court proceedings Monday afternoon in Boone County.

Joseph Elledge

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Mengqi Ji and Joseph Elledge

Joseph Elledge was recently sentenced to 28 years in prison for second-degree murder in his wife, Mengqi Ji's death.

Elledge reported Ji missing in October of 2019. After investigators spent months of searching the Lamine River in Cooper County, a hiker found Ji's remains last March at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.

Current charges against Elledge

A court hearing at 2:30 p.m. Monday is set to address three different felony charges against Elledge.

  • Abuse Or Neglect Of A Child (No sexual contact)
  • Endangering The Welfare Of A Child
  • 3rd Degree Domestic Assault

Previously Elledge pleaded not guilty to these charges against him in March 2020.

Lynlee Renick

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Lynlee Renick testifies Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, during her murder trial at the Boone County Courthouse.

Boone County Judge Kevin Crane is scheduled to sentence Lynlee Renick at 2:30 p.m. Monday, according to court records.

Last month, Renick was convicted of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of her husband Ben Renick. The world-renowned snake breeder was found shot to death at the couple's Montgomery County property in June 2017.

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Undated photo of Benjamin "Ben" Renick.

In court, Lynlee claimed she went to the property with her ex-boyfriend, Michael Humprey, to ask Ben for a divorce when Humphrey shot Ben.

A court convicted Humphrey of first-degree murder in Ben's death. The conviction was later downgraded after Humphrey agreed to a deal with the prosecution to testify against Lynlee and to work with prosecutors.

Humphrey claims Lynlee was the one who shot Ben.

The prosecution recommended Lynlee receive a life sentence for second-degree murder and 15 years for armed criminal action. Instead, the jury came back from deliberations with a shorter sentence of 13 years for second-degree murder and three years for armed criminal action.

Judge Crane will make the final decision in Lynlee's case and decide how many years she will serve in prison.

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