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Jessica Keeven, left, and Jesse Marks, right, of Steelville, lift a cooler lid as Connor Mahurin reaches for a drink during a stop at a public access point for canoers and rafters on the Meramec River near Steelville.

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Mo. slaying case may hinge on property rights

James Crocker had grown weary of the partying canoeists and rafters who encroached on his neatly kept property along Missouri’s Meramec River. When he caught a man about to relieve himself near his yard last month, a nasty confrontation ensued that ended with one person dead and Crocker accused of killing him.


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