July 18, 2014

Waterloo suffers first homicide in more than a decade

A Waterloo man is dead after a domestic altercation led to him being stabbed several times.

Waterloo Police Chief Jim Trantham said his department received a call at 9:53 p.m. Thursday about an attack in a home at 1123 Cottonwood Lane.

"When officers arrived, they found a 28-year-old male who had been stabbed multiple times," Trantham said. "He was transported to a St. Louis area hospital where he was pronounced dead early Friday morning."

The victim was identified as Eric M. Boyer.

A 20-year-old man, Christopher J. Russell, 20, of Valmeyer, was arrested in connection with the stabbing and is currently in custody in the Monroe County Jail.

Trantham said Russell is the person who called 9-1-1. He and a female, whose name was not released, were at the woman's house when Boyer arrived and started making threats.

Property records indicate that Alicia Pence, 26, is the occupant of the residence.

The woman received minor injuries to her hands when she apparently tried to get between the two fighting men. She was treated and released at a hospital.

Russell has been charged with aggravated battery. Trantham said the case is still under investigation and he does not yet know whether additional charges will be sought.

The female victim's two young sons, ages 1 and 3, were at home at the time of the altercation but were not injured.

Trantham said the homicide investigation is the first in Waterloo in more than a decade. The previous case also was blamed on a domestic violence event. In August 2003 Twila Wiley, 21, was found dead with a gunshot wound to her head in a remote area of Konarcik Park. She had recently discovered that she as pregnant and had been found to be having an affair.

Wiley's husband, James Wiley, 27, was charged with her murder as well as the murder of the unborn child and with concealing a homicidal death. He was acquitted in 2005 when his attorneys cast doubt by arguing that Twila Wiley shot herself.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at or call 239-2626.

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