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Former KHS student James Columbus charged with murder


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Former KHS student James Allen Columbus was charged with murder, attempted robbery and armed criminal action Tuesday, Aug. 29. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Columbus allegedly shot Joseph M. Lee, 19, on Pennsylvania Ave. in South St. Louis early Sunday morning. Columbus fled from the scene but information was turned over to the police from a confidential informant. He was arrested with bail set at $250,000. Columbus lived on the 400 block of New York Street in Kirkwood, according to police reports.

Updates to come.

Editors note: TKC has made the decision to cover James Columbus’ case with the intention of informing the public and dispelling rumors. Because many major local news outlets have covered the case, and because of its relevancy to the Kirkwood community, we believe it is newsworthy. We intend to present information as it is released and respectfully follow the case.

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4 Responses to “Former KHS student James Columbus charged with murder”

  1. Joshua Averitt on September 11th, 2017 8:35 am

    I am a student at Bayless High School. I was wondering if you know why he was charged with murder but he was put on bail.
    P.S. I love that you have an editors I am in newspaper and I should consider that. note.

  2. Joshua Averitt on September 11th, 2017 8:36 am

    Love your newspaper btw.

  3. Joshua Averitt on September 11th, 2017 8:37 am

    Your lead definitely show’s the who, what, when, where, why, and how I love it.

  4. Kandace on September 18th, 2017 8:33 pm

    James is not out on bail…the other guy is out walking around. I wonder why both aren’t out or both in jail. We think James may have been set up and is taking the fall for others.

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