A Bethany man has been convicted of killing his seven-year-old son.
According to the Attorney General’s Office, a jury found Tony King, 29, guilty of murder, arson, and child abuse on Friday. The child’s body was found burned beyond recognition following a trailer fire in January of 2012. An autopsy later revealed Jeremiah Lamm had died before the fire, probably by strangulation.
King will be sentenced June 13th.
Press Release from the Office of the Missouri State Attorney General
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today said that a Buchanan County jury convicted Tony King of killing his 7-year-old son, and then burning their trailer with the body inside.
According to the Attorney General’s Office, the local fire department was called to extinguish King’s trailer in January 2012. The body of the King’s 7-year-old son, Jeremiah Lamm, was found in the debris with most of his body burnt beyond recognition.
An autopsy done later that day revealed that the child died prior to the fire. Jeremiah had been seen at school with many injuries with varying explanations, and had been absent the two days prior to the fire. One of King’s friends saw him the day before the fire, and observed a child lying in the front seat of King’s truck covered completely with a blanket with a hand showing. The pathologist concluded that Jeremiah probably died as a result of manual strangulation.
“This was an incredibly brutal and senseless murder of a defenseless child,” Koster said. “I’m grateful that our office was able to see that justice was served.”
The Attorney General’s Office assisted Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney Johnathan Meyer in the trial. The trial took place in Buchanan County after a change of venue.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 13th.