HILLSBORO, Mo. (AP) — A man charged last fall in a 1993 killing in the St. Louis area has died after a long illness, authorities said.
Loril Harp, 69, had been hospitalized for several weeks and his death was expected, Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak said Friday. Harp was living at the Riverview Care Center nursing home in St. Louis for nine months before his arrest in September.
Harp was charged in the April 23, 1993, death of Steven Weltig, 40, a liquor store owner in Arnold.
Harp told police that he went to the liquor store to confront Weltig about a shooting in which Harper believed Weltig was the shooter, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
He said a gun went off while he and Weltig were fighting. But investigators concluded Weltig was on his knees when he was shot in the back of the head with his own gun.
Harp was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in Weltig's death.