New Trial For Convicted Cop

Convicted of murder, a jury found him guilty of killing a Kentucky college student.

Now, a former Missouri police officer will get a new trial.

Steve Rios was convicted for the 2004 murder of Boyle County native Jesse Valencia.

This week, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled the former cop, Steve Rios, can get a new trial. The Court of Appeals overturned Rios' conviction back in April on the bases hearsay comments were made, and now the state Supreme Court agrees.

Rios was convicted and serving a life sentence for the 2004 murder of Jesse Valencia. Valencia, who's from Boyle County, was a student at the University of Missouri. The 23 year-old's body was found near his apartment, his throat cut. It was determined Rios, who was at the time a Columbia police officer, had a sexual relationship with Valencia.

The prosecution contends Rios killed Valencia to cover it up, considering Rios was married at the time.

Valencia's mother says she doesn't want to sit through another trial. She tells 27 NEWSFIRST, the news of the overturned conviction is tough for Jesse's entire family, but she adds the family will never give up.

The former Columbia police officer was originally sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Valencia's mother says she now wants the death penalty, since she must endure another trial.

DNA evidence did link Rios to the murder. Valencia's mother says she will be there in Missouri to make sure justice is served.

A new trial date has not yet been set for Rios.

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  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Nov 7, 2007 at 03:17 PM
    Cindy you goofy thing! "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment." (John 7:24). This is just one of MANY places in the New Testament in which Jesus instructs His believers to judge right from wrong. "Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment." (II Chronicles 19:6)
  • by Cindy Location: Somerset on Nov 6, 2007 at 08:03 PM
    Bart you are so funny. If I remember correctly you are not suppose to judge others. So maybe your idiot self will be in hell with them - that would be even more funny than your comments! LOL
  • by Shane Location: Lexington on Nov 4, 2007 at 09:25 AM
    Only in a state where they're still scared of homosexuals would they overturn a convicted killer's sentence and order a new trial for killing someone just because they were gay and didn't want his wife to find out he was too. What a shame. This is the reason homosexuals should be extended the same "hate crime" laws as other protected classes. Killing someone just because they're black, Jewish, gay, or anything else that is just who they happen to be is a special kind of crime that needs to be dealt with. This guy's DNA was found all over the evidence and they still overturned it due to "hearsay"...that's BS and we all know it. That's another reason why lawyers need to be taken out of the state legislatures and congress, because they write "exceptions" like this into the law so they can get their clients out of murder, and then run away with a pocket full of cash.
  • by katie Location: lexington on Nov 3, 2007 at 08:55 PM
    wow... thats a deep story People come up with the most strange things.. I just love the news there isn't one thing you can't and won't read about!
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Nov 3, 2007 at 12:07 PM
    When people engage in this filthy "alternate lifestyle", these things are bound to happen. The BOTH men ignored God's warnings on adultery, and homosexuality... so why not murder? His mother ignored God's warning "Thou shalt not steal." Eventually they will all end up in the same place and it does not look good for them!
  • by Chuck Location: Bluegrass on Nov 2, 2007 at 07:49 PM
    This cop is as guilty as sin. Everyone knows it. Legal loopholes are clogging up the judicial system.
  • by Jim Location: Lexington on Nov 2, 2007 at 05:51 PM
    DNA linked him, case closed. The technicality being used as a basis to overturn a conviction is just proof that a gay man can be murdered in Missouri and the court system could care less because a gay's life is worth less than a straight person's life...and that's sad. This guy should get the death penalty, the same sentence he gave Jesse.


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