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Grand jury indicts Capitol Plaza gunman

Grand jury indicts Capitol Plaza gunman

Officers cleared in internal affairs investigation

December 22nd, 2011 in News

The Cole County grand jury Tuesday indicted a Salem man who led authorities on a high-speed chase earlier this month after killing two people.

The grand jury indicted Marvin Rice, 44, charging him with assault of a law officer, armed criminal action and resisting arrest.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, Rice was arraigned on two counts of first-degree murder in Dent County for the killings of Annette Durham and Steven Strotkamp on Dec. 10.

Rice, a former Dent County deputy, led authorities on a chase that started in Osage County and ended at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City where he was in a gunfight with authorities, who shot him.

This was after authorities said he shot Durham, his ex-wife, and Strotkamp, her boyfriend, at Strotkamp's residence near Salem.

Rice went into the residence and demanded one of his two children be returned to his custody.

After an arguement, Rice is believed to have shot Durham and Strotkamp.

On a related note, authorities said an internal affairs investigation by the Missouri Highway Patrol has cleared the actions of the officers who were involved in the shooting, and they have been allowed to return to duty.

Other recent grand jury action:

Cole Co. Grand Jury indicts one in Sept. killing

Grand jurors hand down several indictments