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Bowling Green man pleads not guilty in shooting death of stepson

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Jun. 12, 2018 7:40 am

BOWLING GREEN, Mo. -- The rural Bowling Green man charged in the 2017 shooting death of his stepson has pleaded not guilty.

Court records show, Michael Allan Black, 61, entered the plea Monday in Pike County Circuit Court on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action.

He is accused of shooting 31-year-old Alexander Koch, who later died at Pike County Memorial Hospital in Louisiana.

Police were called to a domestic disturbance at 10:13 p.m. Aug. 18 at a residence on Route Y in rural Bowling Green, where both Black and Koch lived.

Police said Black and Koch had been in a physical altercation and Black left the home before returning about 15 minutes later. Black and Koch again engaged in conversation outside the residence when Black allegedly shot Koch.

Police said Black admitted to shooting Koch, telling them he was sick of being beaten by him, mentioning that Koch had hit him numerous times with a skateboard.

Black is set to appear for a status hearing June 25.

He remains free on bond after posting $50,000 Oct. 26.

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