34-year-old Sterling Dean King, of Billings, Mo., appeared in Laclede County Circuit Court Monday and waived his arraignment and made a plea of not guilty to 2nd Degree Murder and 2nd Degree Arson. King is accused of killing 62-year-old Aden Bryant of Lebanon on July 9. A friend found Bryant’s body some 100 yards from his Oklahoma Drive residence on July 11th. An autopsy found Bryant died from blunt force trauma. According to Laclede County Sheriff David Millsap, Bryant’s mobile home burned on July 9; when fire personnel and friends of the victim arrived at the fire, Bryant was not there, and his 1994 Ford pickup was not at his residence. Bryant’s family reported him missing on July 10.
King was arrested in Springfield on July 12 when officers found Bryant’s truck at a Fast N Friendly on Kansas Expressway near Division Street. He was arrested on a drug charge and was brought to Laclede County.
King is being held in the Laclede County Jail with no bond.