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Ray A. Holt (Macon County Sheriff's Dept. photo)

Ray A. Holt (Macon County Sheriff’s Dept. photo)

justice 4jMacon, Mo. — Ray A. Holt, 38, of Macon, Mo. — former co-owner of a restaurant in downtown Thayer, Mo. — has been charged with 1st Degree murder in Macon County.
Holt was taken into custody Friday, Oct. 7, and was officially charged Tuesday, Oct. 11.
Macon County Circuit Court Judge Phillip E. Prewitt set Holt’s bond at $1 million. He is being held in the Macon County Jail.
Holt is charged with the murder of Ryon Perkins, 35, of Macon. His death was ruled a homicide by Macon County Coroner Brian Hays, and an autopsy was scheduled for Monday morning by the Boone County Medical Examiner.
To view Perkins’ obituary, click HERE.
Judge Mike Greenwell has taken over the case.
Holt’s initial arraignment is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 in the Macon County courtroom.
Update: Formal arraignment was waived Tuesday. The defendant pleaded not guilty. Preliminary hearing s scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 29 before Judge Greenwell.
Prosecuting Attorney Josh Meisner is prosecuting the case. Holt is currently represented by public defender Edward L. Guinn of Moberly, Mo.
Macon Police were called at 2:42 a.m. Friday. They, along with the Macon County Sheriff’s office, secured the crime scene, Holt’s house, and at 9:15 a.m. executed a search warrant at Holt’s apartment. They questioned witnesses and Holt. Holt and another person were taken into custody. The other person was released later that day. The crime scene and suspect’s apartment are about a third of a mile apart.
To view the probable cause document filed by Macon Police Capt. Michael Platte, click probable-cause-ray-holt-10-12-16. (Warning, the statement includes graphic language and details which some may find objectionable).
Ray Holt (Facebook)

Ray Holt (Facebook)

Holt and his wife Faith were co-owners of TCB restaurant which operated in 2010-2011 at the corner of Front and Chestnut in downtown Thayer, and they resided in Thayer.
Holt has been awaiting judicial hearings on several charges originating in Oregon County.
A preliminary hearing on a 2nd Degree Burglary charge and a charge of theft of property or services worth more than $500 is scheduled for Nov. 19.
A show cause hearing on two misdemeanor drug charges is scheduled for Nov. 9.
A jury trial on a felony drug charge is scheduled to begin Jan. 12, 2017, in Howell County, with a pre-trial conference scheduled for Nov. 21. Holt was arrested in Oregon County in October 2015. A change of venue to Howell County was granted in February 2016.
Holt is a Thayer High School graduate.
Ryon Perkins, the murder victim (2012 photo)

Ryon Perkins, the murder victim (2012 photo)

A band plays inside TCB in downtown Thayer.

A band plays inside TCB in downtown Thayer.

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