Byline: Joe Meyer
Oct. 30--The Missouri Supreme Court this afternoon denied a request to reconsider a lower court's ruling overturning the first-degree murder conviction of Steven Rios, setting the stage for a new trial.
Rios, 30, was convicted in May 2005 of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the slaying of University of Missouri-Columbia student Jesse Valencia. Rios, a Columbia police officer at the time of Valencia's death, had been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
The state's high court denied a motion from prosecutors asking that the appeal be transferred out of the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District.