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      Update: Jury finds Wright guilty of murder

      Update: Friday, Jan. 28 at 9:49 p.m.:

      After nearly 35 years of investigation, a jury has finally convicted Johnny Wright for the murder of Becky Doisy.

      Wright murdered the Columbia waitress and former Mizzou student in August of 1976.

      Becky Doisy TMs younger sister Kathy has been waiting for justice for more than 3 decades. Kathy Doisy sat with her husband Dr. Matthew Nolten as the judge read the jury TMs guilty verdict. Johnny Wright stood quietly as family and friends of Becky Doisy tried to keep their composure in the courtroom.

      Kathy Doisy said, It was just a mash of overwhelming emotions. I thought, don TMt make any noise. I don TMt want to make the judge mad. You want to go, Aaahhhh, because I TMm a squealer when I TMm excited. I just thought don TMt make noise.

      A Boone County jury deliberated for about 6 hours before deciding Wright was guilty of second degree murder. Becky Doisy TMs body was never found. Defense Attorney Cleveland Tyson said the case against his client was circumstantial.

      Tyson said, Hearing the verdict was disappointing, but you have to respect the process. We do respect the verdict. We also have other appeal options that we can pursue. We will do that.

      Prosecutors relied mostly on testimony and had very little physical evidence against Wright. Two witnesses testified they heard Wright confess to the murder.

      Assistant Prosecutor Richard Hicks said, To realize that you TMre part of history here and that you are trying to bring it all together. I have never felt the emotions that I felt when that jury was coming in because this is it.

      Johnny Wright was free on bond during his trial. Now, he TMs being held on a $1 million cash only bond. The penalty for second degree murder ranges from 10 to 30 years in prison. Prosecutors have not decided on a recommendation.

      Wright is scheduled to appear in St. Louis next week for a probation violation hearing.

      Wright is expected to be transferred from the Boone County Jail to the Missouri Department of Corrections within the next 2 weeks.

      His sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 10 at the Boone County Courthouse.

      Do you think the jury came to the right decision? We want to know what you think about the verdict. Leave a comment below with your thoughts and vote in our online poll at the bottom of this page.

      Update: Friday, Jan. 28 at 7:45 p.m.:

      The sentencing hearing for Johnny Wright is set for March 10.

      Wright is back in custody after the judge upped his bond to $1 million cash only. He previously was free on a $10,000 cash bond.

      Update: Friday, Jan. 28th at 7:10 p.m.:

      A Boone County jury finds Johnny Wright guilty of second degree murder in the death of Rebecca Doisy. The crime happened in 1976.

      KRCG's Mark Slavit is at the courthouse and will have reaction to the verdict online and tonight at ten on KRCG News Nightside. Update: Friday, Jan. 28th at 11:30 a.m.: Closing arguments are under way in the trial of a Georgia grandfather charged with killing a Missouri waitress nearly 35 years ago before going into hiding for more than three decades. The Defense rested their case around 11:15 Friday morning. Closing arguments from the prosecuters started immediately following.The jury is expected to deliberate this afternoon.

      Update: Friday, Jan. 28th at 9:45 a.m.:

      The State rested their case against Johnny Wright at 9:22 Friday morning.

      After a short conference, the Defense began arguing their case.

      A recess will occur when the defense rests, and the jury will start deliberation.

      Update: Friday, Jan. 28th at 8:00 a.m.:

      The jury could come to a verdict today in the murder trial for Johnny Wright. He faces a second degree murder charge in the 1976 disappearance of Columbia waitress Becky Doisy.

      KRCG's Mark Slavit will be in the courtroom again today and have the latest.

      Update: Thursday, Jan. 27th at 5:02 p.m.:

      The trial continues for Johnny Wright, 66.

      Wright faces a second degree murder charge in the 1976 disappearance of Columbia waitress Becky Doisy.

      The prosecution TMs star witness Harry Moore took the stand Thursday afternoon.

      Moore told jurors that his former roommate admitted he killed Becky Doisy in August of 1976. Moore said Wright showed him Doisy TMs body in the trunk of his car in a Columbia nightclub parking lot nearly 35 years ago.

      Moore said, There was a blanket in the back. It was kind of obvious that something was covered up in a big clump. He pulled it back. I saw Rebecca Doisy. I responded to something like, what the f---. He said, I f---ed up, or either she f---ed up. I had to croak this b---h.

      The lead detective in the case against Johnny Wright, Chris Egbert, told jurors of how spent years trying to connect Wright with Becky Doisy TMs murder and disappearance. In addition to fresh testimony in the courtroom, prosecutors used statements from a police video dating back to 1986. The video shows Detective Egbert interviewing Johnny Wright TMs former friend William Simmons at a St. Louis police station. Simmons said Wright confessed to the murder while playing a dice game.

      Simmons said, He made a statement that he offed the chick in Columbia. People didn TMt take him seriously because he was always foul mouthing at the mouth. I took him seriously. He just looked like one of those cats that would do something like this.

      Defense Attorney Cleveland Tyson told the jury the evidence against his client is circumstantial. The trial is expected to be finished on Friday.

      Investigators found Johnny Wright 2 years ago in Georgia, 24 years after murder charges were filed.

      Wright was applying for a job, when a criminal background check showed a warrant for his arrest for murder.

      Update: Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 5:02 p.m.:

      Testimony began in a decades old murder trial in Columbia.

      Former MU student and waitress Becky Doisy disappeared in August of 1976.

      Investigators said Johnny Wright murdered Doisy, but they never found her body.

      Prosecutors told jurors that Johnny Wright, 66, murdered Becky Doisy when she was a Columbia waitress at Ernie TMs Steakhouse back in August 1976. Kathy Doisy told the jury she filed a missing person report after her older sister didn TMt show up for work and was not at her apartment. The last time Kathy Doisy saw her older sister was a few days before she went missing. Becky Doisy gave her younger sister no indication that anything was wrong.

      Kathy Doisy said, We hugged each other. We gave each other a kiss on the check and said I love you. That was the last time I saw her. I TMm really grateful, but that was it.

      Prosecutors used a timeline calendar to show the events surrounding Becky Doisy TMs disappearance. Dan Aspenwall lived in the same apartment house as Becky Doisy. Aspenwall testified he saw Wright pick up Doisy for an afternoon date just before she went missing.

      Aspenwall said, A man was there asking for Becky. I went back up the stairs. She was at her door. I said a black guy for you, Becky. She said that TMs Johnny. He TMs been pestering me for a date.

      The timeline continued as Victoria Norman Eisner testified she saw Johnny Wright and Becky Doisy having a drink at Columbia TMs Heidelberg restaurant just before Doisy went missing.

      Eisner said, She was pleasant. She was friendly. She seemed comfortable and very relaxed.

      Later that same night Doisy was supposed to hang out with her old high school sweetheart Bruce Royer. Royer testified he was surprised that couldn TMt find Doisy that night.

      Royer said, I called several times and nobody answered.

      During opening statements, Assistant Prosecutor Cecily Daller told jurors that Wright showed his former roommate Harry Moore Doisy TMs dead body in the trunk of his car, after he confessed to killing her. Moore is expected to testify this week. Defense Attorney Cleveland Tyson told jurors the state TMs case is circumstantial. The trial is expected to end on Friday.

      Investigators found Johnny Wright 2 years ago in Georgia, 24 years after murder charges were filed.

      Wright was applying for a job, when a criminal background check showed a warrant for his arrest for murder.

      Update: Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 10:35 a.m.:

      Opening arguments finished up just after 10:00 Wednesday morning.

      After a 20 minute recess, prosecutors called their first witness to the stand. Kathy Doisy, the sister of the missing woman, told a jury of 7 men and 7 women that she last saw her sister on her birthday in 1976.

      Update: Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 9:20 a.m.:

      A jury has been selected for the trial of a 66 year old Goergia man accused of killing a Missouri waitress nearly 35 years ago.

      Johnny Wright faces a second-degree murder charge in the August 1976 disappearance and presumed death of 23-year-old Rebecca Doisy, a former University of Missouri student.

      Opening statements are scheduled for Wednesday morning.

      Mark Slavit is in the courtroom, and will have the latest today on KRCG.

      Update: Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 10:00 a.m.

      Jury selection has started in the trial of a 66-year-old Georgia grandfather accused of killing a Missouri waitress nearly 35 years ago.

      Johnny Wright faces a second-degree murder charge in the August 1976 disappearance and presumed death of 23-year-old Rebecca Doisy, a former University of Missouri student.

      Mark Slavit will have more on this story today on KRCG News.

      Original Story:

      A decades-old murder case goes to trial in Columbia on Tuesday.

      Waitress Becky Doisy disappeared in August of 1976. Her body was never found.

      Nine years after the crime, the prosecutor charged Johnny Wright with 2nd degree murder, but police couldn't find him.

      He turned up in Georgia in 2009, 24 years after charges were filed.

      He pleaded not guilty in March 2010. Jury selection begins Tuesday in the case.

      With no body or physical evidence, prosecutors are expected to rely on testimony from 2 men who said Wright told them he killed Doisy.

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      Columbia Missourian: Jury selection for 34-year-old Doisy murder case begins Tuesday

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