Police investigating death of judge's son as homicide

(MGN Online)

Police are investigating the death of a northeast Missouri judge’s son as a homicide.

According to the Columbia Police Department, Augustus Jackson Roberts, 28, of Columbia, was found dead after medical personnel arrived to the 1900 block of Lasso Circle in Columbia just after 3:30 a.m. Monday. Officers were initially dispatched to a report of a suspicious person in the area.

The Media newspaper in Kahoka, Mo., reports that “Gus” Roberts is the son of Clark County Associate Circuit Judge Rick Roberts, and his wife, Diana, of rural Luray. Gus Roberts was a 2008 graduate of Clark County R-1 High School.

No information on a suspect has been released. Detectives and the forensic evidence unit were called to the scene and an investigation is ongoing.

The Columbia Police Department is asking for anyone with information about the incident to contact the department or its Crime Stoppers unit -- 573-875-TIPS -- to remain anonymous.

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