Rudy Perez Jr.

A Sedalia man who is charged with murder will appear for a criminal setting in a Boone County Courtroom Monday afternoon.  Rudy Perez Jr., 33, is accused of killing Robert Hill, 78, of Warsaw on February 1st.  Both were patients at Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia. Perez is scheduled to go before a judge at 5 p.m.

According to court records, Perez was arrested in Sedalia three days before Hill’s death after an unidentified man said Perez punched him in the face.  Perez was not immediately charged and was released from custody.  Pettis County prosecutors filed assault charges shortly after the alleged murder in Columbia.