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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Mo. slaying case may hinge on property rights

James Crocker, left, is escorted to court for a prelimiary hearing in Steeleville, Mo. Crocker had grown weary of the canoe and float trip partiers encroaching on his neatly kept property along Missouri's Meramec River. When he caught a man on a gravel bar by his yard last month, a nasty confrontation ensued that ended with one person dead and Crocker accused of killing him.