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Local restaurant owner pleads not guilty to murder charge

(WGEM) — A local restaurant owner facing a murder in the 1st degree charge in Cole County, Missouri stemming from a 1991 murder pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday.

Quincy Golden Corral Owner Chris Niemet, 43 of Fulton, Missouri, appeared via video with his attorneys present in a Cole County courtroom for formal arraignment.

According to court documents, a formal arraignment was waived by Niemet and a plea of not guilty was entered.

A bond request was taken under advisement but no bond has been issued at this time.

Niemet is charged with First Degree Murder for the 1991 shooting of his then classmate, 14-year-old Greg Jones in Russellville, Missouri.

According to prosecutors, Niemet shot and killed Jones when Niemet was 15.

Police said new technology led to the arrest of Niemet in late February 2020.

The case was set to continue on April 29.

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Mark Schneider

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