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Friday, December 21, 2012

Sentencing Provides Details Into Grisly 2008 Murder of St. Louis County Counselor

Posted By on Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM

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The victim, Luke Meiners, a former Assistant County Counselor
  • The victim, Luke Meiners, a former Assistant County Counselor
St. Louis County Counselor Pat Redington recalls her former employee, Luke Meiners, with fondness.

"He was an extremely kind and gentle person," she says. Once, a female colleague grew ill and missed work. Meiners didn't want her to lose any income, Redington says, so he offered to donate his own vacation time.

Redington also describes Meiners as a "tenacious" lawyer.

"Some lawyers get very competitive and just want to win," she observes. "But Luke always looked for the right answer. He was interested in justice. He was the kind of lawyer you want in your office."

Then, in early March 2008, Meiners suddenly disappeared.

His brother Matthew reported him missing in University City -- that's where the lawyer had an apartment. According to a search warrant application, U. City police soon learned that Meiners was last seen on Friday, March 7 in the company of "a black male who appeared to be a homosexual."

On Sunday, March 9, 2008, a Metro bus driver overheard something during his route and felt the need to tell the cops.

The driver had listened while a passenger -- described as a young black male with "feminine characteristics" -- talked into his cell phone about murdering a white male and dumping the body on the East Side. 

That passenger, it turns out, was 20-year-old Ronald Johnson. Police used cell phone records to catch up with him. Once they did, Johnson in turn led them to his own boyfriend, Cleophus King.

After four years of hearings, interviews and court filings, a picture has emerged of what actually happened to Luke Meiners on the night of Friday, March 7.

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