July 1, 2022

Boone County Sheriff’s Workplace investigating death of Columbia legal professional | Mid-Missouri Information

COLUMBIA – The Boone County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the loss of life of Columbia attorney, Steven Wyse, according to Capt. Brian Leer. 

Wyse was a prison defense lawyer and also taken care of particular injuries and civil rights conditions based on his web-site. He founded the Wyse Legislation Company in 2002. The firm’s workplace is located in downtown Columbia. 

Legal professional Stephen Wyse talks to KOMU 8 Information for an job interview in 2019.

Capt. Leer stated soon before 11 a.m. Monday, an acquaintance of Wyse called Boone County Joint Communications and requested Wyse’s welfare be checked on mainly because he did not display up for operate.

“Columbia Police Officers responded and uncovered Mr. Wyse deceased in his dwelling. The Columbia Law enforcement Section requested the Sheriff’s Place of work perform the investigation and we honored their ask for,” Capt. Leer explained.

CPD said Wyse experienced pending litigation against the Town of Columbia, so the division referred the situation to the sheriff’s place of work to steer clear of any perceptions of conflict of fascination. 

Capt. Leer explained now, there is no suspicion of foul engage in in Wyse’s loss of life, but stated the investigation is nevertheless active.

He mentioned the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Workplace will conduct an autopsy later this week.

In 2019, Wyse requested Gov. Mike Parson appoint a unique prosecutor to investigate the romance and alliance amongst sexual intercourse-trafficker Barry Manthe and the Columbia Law enforcement Office.

Wyse is also quoted in KOMU 8’s stories from 2021 as the lawyer for Jeffery McWilliams, the person who was charged in relation to the 2017 murder of Augustus Roberts. The crime occurred at a dwelling Roberts was renting in the Outdated Hawthorne neighborhood.

Wyse also represented Javion Lawhorn in 2021 as his special public defender in the murder situation of Columbia Higher education scholar and Battle Higher University graduate Nadria Wright.