On March 6, 2008, St. Louis County Counselor Luke Meiners agreed to take Ronald Johnson to the house of Cleophus King -- because Johnson said he needed to do his laundry there. Johnson and King, who were once lovers, had a different plan.
They had plotted to rob Meiners. When they arrived at King's home, a fight broke out and the two men tried to rob Meiners -- who struggled for more than fourteen minutes. He was beaten, stabbed, strangled and cut multiple times before he died.
This is the violent account that the St. Louis circuit attorney's office gives in its announcement that King has officially been sentenced to life in prison without parole -- an end to a very bizarre case in which King's accomplice confessed and testified against his former lover.More »