Suspect pleads to killing of Missouri football fan

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The first of eight people charged in the deadly holdup of a Kansas man visiting Columbia to watch his cousin play football has pleaded guilty.

Aaron Hobson was robbed and shot last Oct. 23 as he drove through the parking lot of a Columbia convenience store. A passenger said several people approached the car and demanded money.

Hobson was the 22-year-old cousin of University of Missouri defensive back Trey Hobson.

On Thursday, 24-year-old Daron Peal pleaded guilty in Boone County Circuit Court to second-degree murder and armed criminal action. Investigators had identified Peal as the shooter.

Aaron Hobson was from Wichita and had been attending Kansas City, Kan., Community College, but was planning to return to Prairie View A&M University in Texas for the spring 2011 semester.

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