Charles County jury recommends death sentence for Missouri sheriff’s deputy | Law and order

ST. CHARLES — A St. Charles County jury has recommended the death penalty for a former Dent County sheriff’s deputy convicted of the 2017 murder of a woman.

The jury late Friday night recommended the death penalty for 54-year-old Marvin D. Rice, who was found guilty of murdering 32-year-old Annette Durham. Durham, who was killed in 2011, was the mother of his child.

A sentencing hearing before Circuit Judge Daniel Pelikan is scheduled for May 23.

In 2017, a judge sentenced Rice to death after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder. The Missouri Supreme Court later upheld the conviction but ordered a new sentencing trial, which was held last week.

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Rice was also sentenced in 2017 to life in prison for second-degree murder in the murder of Durham’s boyfriend Steven Strotkamp, ​​39, but the Missouri Supreme Court in 2019 overturned that case and ordered a new trial.

Mug shot by Marvin Rice.

Rice’s first trial was moved from Dent County to St. Charles County due to the publicity attached to the case and because of Rice’s former employment there.

The fatal shootings stemmed from a custody dispute between Rice and Durham over their son, who was conceived during an affair Rice had while he was a Dent County sheriff’s deputy.

The son was born while Durham was serving a prison sentence.

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