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      Columbia murder suspect was victim's sole beneficiary

      The man charged with first-degree murder of a Columbia man was the victim's power of attorney and the sole beneficiary of the victim's estate.

      Court documents show that legal documents name James Thompson the sole beneficiary of Brian Daniels' estate, as well as his power of attorney. These documents were signed and notorized on February 10.

      Thompson was also the person who called police on April 10 saying he had found Daniels' body at Daniels' home at 416 Cimarron Drive.

      Christopher Hurt, Thompson's friend, and Jacqueline Miller, Thompson's mother, signed the documents as witnesses. The documents also had the notary public stamp with the name Glenn Anderson.

      Thompson told police during questioning that he was visiting Anderson in St. Charles on the night of April 9, arriving around 8 p.m. He said he returned to Columbia the following day, and found Daniels dead from three gunshot wounds.

      Court documents show that Thompson told police he had been in a three-year romantic relationship with the victim.

      Cellphone tracking revealed that Thompson's cell phone was still in Columbia until after midnight on April 10. It didn't register in St. Charles until 6:18 a.m. that same morning.

      Anderson originally corroborated Thompson's alibi when first questioned by police, but later admitted that Thompson had not arrived at his house by the time he went to sleep around 11:30 p.m. on April 9.

      When Anderson woke up around 8 a.m. the next day, Thompson was asleep on his living room couch. Anderson said he lied because Thompson had told him to.

      During police questioning, Anderson called Thompson and told him that he was speaking to detectives.

      Thompson asked Anderson whether the detectives asked if Thompson had a gun.

      Authorities had not released that Daniels' had died as a result of gun shot wounds at that time.

      Police pulled Thompson's car over on Saturday in Columbia and a search warrant turned up a gun clip missing three bullets.

      Police say there had been prior calls coming from Daniels' residents where Daniels' reported that Thompson had been entering his home and stealing items.

      A pawn shop database search showed that Thompson had pawned gold items traced back to Daniels on four separate occasions, totaling $18,258.35.

      During these previous calls, Thompson claimed to be Daniels' caretaker. He did not mention a romantic relationship.

      On March 1, police received a call from Daniels claiming that Thompson had entered his home and that the two got into a physical altercation. Daniels had cuts to his forehead as a result. The circuit breaker to the home had also been turned off.

      Police also arrested Christoper Hurt for hindering prosecution and cocaine possession.

      Authorities served a search warrant to his apartment at 250 Apple Tree Court, and that search turned up a baggy of cocaine.