Former KHS student James Columbus charged with murder


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.