QUINCY (WGEM) — William Christopher Niemet of Fulton, Missouri, owner of the Golden Corral franchise in Quincy, has been arrested for a 1991 murder.
Court documents show that Niemet was arrested Thursday for the 1991 murder of his then-classmate, 14-year-old Greg Jones in Russellville, Missouri.
Police said new technology led to the arrest of Niemet, who is charged with First Degree Murder.
According to prosecutors, Niemet shot and killed Jones when Niemet was 15.
The probable cause statement states that on April 24, 1991, Jones went missing from the area near his home in Lohman, Missouri, prompting his family to file a missing person report.
Jones's decomposed body was later discovered on June 8, 1991, with the cause of death being listed as homicide by gunfire, Jones had sustained two bullet wounds to his head.
Niemet, who was a classmate of Jones lived approximately one mile from where Jones' body was found and arrived home around 9 p.m. on his four-wheeler the night of the murder. According to a witness Jones had what appeared to have blood on his clothes and when he got home he poured bleach on his pants and attempted to wash his clothes he had been wearing.
That same night Deputy Sheriff David Scheperle went to the Niemet residence looking for Jones and reported Niemet was wearing only his underwear when he spoke to him.
According to a witness, Niemet called his father after Deputy Scheperle left and took the phone outside to have the conversation, which the witness said was unusual behavior.
During the search for Jones, on April 25, 1991, Deputy Scheperle observed fresh tracks in the area where Jones' body was later found.
The tracks were distinct and were later found to have been made by a four-wheeler with two front end car tires and two rear-end knobby tires. The four-wheeler Chris was operating the night of the murder had the same unique tire configuration
The probable cause statement also states that approximately two weeks prior to Greg Jones' disappearances, Niemet told a witness that Jones was going to come up missing because he was going to kill him.
In addition, in February of 1991, a witness stated he observed Niemet with a pistol on the school bus, the gun was described as having wooden handles and a metal strip.
William Zink who resided next door to Niemet owned a Ruger Police Service Six 357 magnum revolver. After he learned that Niemet was a suspect in the case, he checked for his gun and found it missing. He reported it stolen on June 17, 1991.
Zink reported that Niemet had been in his residence in the months prior to the murder of Jones and frequently visited his home.
The pistol was also capable of firing .38 Special ammunition which is the type of round recovered in the skull of Jones. .38 Special Wadcutter ammunition was also recovered in a search of Niemet's home.
Over the course of the investigation, multiple witnesses had come forward stating that Niemet claimed responsibility for the murder of Jones prior to Jones' body being discovered.
Court documents show that Niement had previously been arrested on June 14, 1991, days after Jones' body was discovered, but the prosecutor eventually dropped the case and Niemet was released.
In 1997, Neimet filed a lawsuit against Sheriff John Hemeyer and Cole County stating that the sheriff arrested him on the basis of false information and held him in custody to 'sweat out' a murder confession.
Charging documents filed Wednesday state that a person found guilty of First Degree Murder who was under the age of 18 at the time of the offense will be sentenced to life without the eligibility of probation or parole.
WGEM News reached out to Neimet's company, MDB Restaurants, that owns the Quincy Golden Corral franchise. They issued the following statement:
We are aware of the ongoing law enforcement matter involving MDB Restaurants president, Chris Niemet. Mr. Niemet is a respected business leader who has provided employment opportunities for many in the community. We offer our support to Mr. Niemet and his family at this difficult time and our heartfelt sympathies to the victim’s family.
A spokesperson for Golden Corral said the Quincy Golden Corral will continue to operate for the foreseeable future.
WGEM News also reached out to prosecutors and law enforcement, but have not received a response.
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