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Murder defendant due in court today

Dec 03, 2012 -- 11:04am


Southeast Missourian

A Cape Girardeau man charged in the September shooting death of 38-year-old Darcus Purl will be in court today for the first time since he told a circuit court judge he wasn't guilty.

Steven Lee Williams, 34, has a case review scheduled before Judge William Lewis at 9 a.m. in Jackson.

The appearance is largely thought to be a routine appearance since Purl was bound over to circuit court after a preliminary hearing in which a lower judge ordered Williams to stand trial.

The court docket does list an "announcement" among scheduled court activities.

Williams is alleged to have shot Purl the night of Sept. 20 after an altercation near the corner of South Ranney Avenue and Locust Street.

At the time, he told police that he fled an altercation without firing a shot and had been shot himself.

He is being represented by assistant public defender Amy Commean.

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