Stephen Wyse, a Columbia felony protection lawyer, was discovered useless in his residence Monday by the Columbia Police Division.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Workplace is conducting an investigation.
No foul play is suspected in Wyse’s demise, and the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Workplace will carry out an post-mortem later this week, Capt. Brian Leer informed native media retailers.
Wyse based the Wyse Legislation Agency in 2002. The agency operated out of a downtown Columbia workplace. His apply areas embrace felony protection, DWI/DUI protection, private damage and civil rights.
Wyse was in the course of defending former McLanks Restaurant supervisor Jeffrey McWilliams in his second-degree homicide trial. The trial had been scheduled to happen in August after varied delays.
Wyse, a local of Richmond, about 40 miles northeast of Kansas Metropolis, served within the US Military as a navy police sergeant.
He earned levels in historical past and legislation from the College of Missouri.
Posts to Wyse’s private Fb web page mourned his loss.
Philip Broderick, who photographed Wyse for what was generally known as the Mighty Individuals Undertaking, wrote on-line that Wyse “genuinely cared for his fellow individuals and would do something he might for these in his life.”
Others wrote Wyse was a “steadfast and true” good friend, whereas one other wrote of his “humorousness, generosity, fun-loving spirit and at all times being there.”
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