Update: Murder suspect to appear via video

Update: Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 6:00 p.m.:

The man charged in the death of an elderly Columbia woman made his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

Ryan Bridger, 21, appeared via video link for his arraignment.

Before the video feed was turned on, Bridger said he did not want a news camera to record the arraignment. The judge denied his request and allowed videotaping in the court room.

The judge set his preliminary hearing for January 24.

Bridger is charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of Aletha Turner, 67.

Turner was the aunt of Bridger TMs girlfriend.

Turner was shot in the head in her home on Dewey Lane. She was unconscious, but still alive when relatives found her on December 20. She died 2 days later.

Two days after that, deputies arrested Bridger, who was also wanted for burglarizing the home of Turner TMs brother.

Turner is being held in the Boone County jail on a $1 million bond.

Update: Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 10:15 a.m.:

The man accused of shooting to death an elderly woman will appear in a Boone County courtroom Tuesday via video from the Boone County Jail.

Ryan C. Bridger, 21, is charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Aletha Turner, 67.

His arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

Update: Thursday, Dec. 23 at 10:45 p.m.:

Boone County deputies arrested a suspect in the shooting death of an elderly woman.

Ryan C. Bridger, 21, is charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Aletha Turner, 67.

Turner was found unconscious on the floor of her home Monday morning. Deputies say she was shot in the head.

According to online court records, Bridger did not have a violent past.

He lived in the Lake of the Woods area east of Columbia, which is near Turner's home in the Breezewood Estates subdivision.

Bridger was arrested and jailed Tuesday for burglarizing another home in the same area, one within the Columbia city limits. That was one day after Turner's body was found.

Boone County Detective Tom O'Sullivan says Bridger's girlfriend is related to Turner, but would not say how.

Deputies say team work between departments and work of the Mid-Missouri Major case squad lead to the quick arrest.

Original story:

There are still no arrests in the death of a Boone County woman.

Deputies are treating the death of Aletha Turner, 67, as a homicide.

She died Wednesday, two days after she was found unconscious on the floor of her home on Dewey Street. Police say someone attacked her.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department said it is unsure if this was a random act or the suspect was someone that knew Turner.

"We have to keep an open mind and consider any possibilities. So at this point we're not saying it's random and we certainly can't say it's isolated either, Boone County Sheriff's Dept. Detective Tom O'Sullivan said.

O'Sullivan said the Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad and the Boone County Sheriff's Department are trying to figure out a time line for when Turner was attacked and how long she was dead in her house before relatives found her.

He said they still haven't found a motive for the homicide.

"We haven't developed a motive and I don't want to go into any specifics regarding the condition of the residence where we found miss Turner, O'Sullivan said.

While O'Sullivan can't say much about the investigation, he said the department remains committed to making a quick arrest.

"We have dedicated officers that are 100% committed to bring this case to a successful conclusion, O'Sullivan said.

CrimeStoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. The phone number is (573) 875-TIPS.