JEFFERSON CITY — The man charged with the murder in the death of Lincoln University Student Charon Session appeared in court on Wednesday. The court date was set to discuss a trial date however, Chism's attorney asked for the setting date to be pushed back to April 17.
Alfred Chism, Jr. faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of 23-year-old Session.
More than a dozen family and friends of Session showed up to court on Wednesday to show their support. Chantilly Watson, a friend of Session said a group of them have been consistent with coming to each court date Chism has to show they want justice.
"We want them to know who Charon really was, that he isn't this monster they claimed he was in the beginning. We aren't going to sit down, we aren't going to stop until there is justice for Charon," Watson said.
Session's friend, Nicholas Hunt said Session was set to graduate from Lincoln University in May and he said he's going to make sure he crosses the stage for him.
"It's sad because he's not here, but at graduation we will go all out for Charon," Hunt said.
He said everyone's emotions are running high, but he said he will always remember all the good about his friend.
Chism has been out on bond since late September when Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce approved Chism's request for a reduced bond. Chism was booked at the time of his arrest on a $100,000 cash only bond. Joyce approved for Chism's bond to be reduced to $25,000, with 10 percent paid to the court.
Watson said it's hard to go through the holidays knowing Chism is out on bond.
"It's hard to grasp hope when this man is still free, this man is still living his day to day life, when we've had to face all these events, these holidays without Charon," she said.
Prosecuting Attorney Locke Thompson said in his office they argue for higher bonds or no bonds at all however, it's ultimately the judge's decision.
"We have to respect what the judge decides," Thompson said.
Back in October Chism pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.
Session died from gunshot wounds on the morning of August 27 in the 900 block of Tanya Lynn Drive. According to court documents, Chism told police Session had been verbally harassing him for several days and that he had been texting just before he showed up at Chism's residence around 3 a.m. that day. Chism said he answered the door with a pistol in his hand, told Session to leave, and then shot him. Session was struck twice.
Lt. David Williams with the Jefferson City Police Department said Session and Chism knew each other.