SIKESTON -- A Sikeston man who received multiple injuries in a Dec. 5 assault has died and his assailant's charges are expected to be upgraded to first degree murder.
Michael Terry, 49, died shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sikeston Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden announced in a news release Wednesday. After the Dec. 5 assault, Vincent Minner, 42, of New Madrid was charged with three counts of first degree assault, three counts of armed criminal action, one count of first degree burglary and one count of tampering with a witness. Upon notification of Terry's death, Scott County Prosecutor Paul Boyd said he is seeking amend the charge against the suspect to first degree murder.
Terry and his wife, Jennifer, were assaulted at their apartment at 819 Davis Blvd.; Terry had been hospitalized and in very serious condition since the assault. In the altercation, he received three gunshot wounds and multiple stab wounds. Minner and Mrs. Terry were also wounded and transported to the hospital.
Mrs. Terry has been released from the hospital, said Lt. Mike Williams of DPS. He declined to give more information about her for safety reasons.
Right now, no further information about a motive or the assault can be released, Williams said. The case remains under investigation, and anyone with information is encouraged to call DPS at 471-6200 or 471-1500. All communications will be confidential.