Preliminary hearing rescheduled for Perryville murder suspect

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Steven A. Harbour

PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- An increased charge of murder against a man who allegedly gave drugs to a woman found dead in a hotel room in June has caused his preliminary hearing date to be pushed back.

Steven A. Harbour, 25, will now be in court for a new arraignment at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 11, according to the Perry County Circuit Clerk's office. Harbour's date was moved Tuesday by Judge Benjamin Lewis.

The preliminary hearing Tuesday was scheduled when Harbour was charged only with distributing controlled substances on the night of Nicole Jones' death in June. The new charge of second-degree murder prompted the need for a new arraignment on that murder charge, the circuit clerk's office said.

The body of Jones, 20, of Perryville, was discovered June 25 at the Super 8 hotel in Perryville. A toxicology report showed her death was due to an alcohol and drug overdose.

In upgrading the charge to murder, Perry County Prosecuting Attorney Thomas L. Hoeh alleges Harbour supplied Jones with a deadly cocktail of painkillers, antidepressants and alcohol.

When first questioned by police at the scene, Harbour told officers his drugs were locked up in the hotel room's safe, according to court records. He said he wasn't in the room all the time but his key was in the room, so it was possible someone had gotten to his pills.

Harbour told police that he gave Jones three oxyocodone, three clonazepam and three amitriptyline, according to court records. Harbour also told police he bought alcohol that Jones and another underage girl consumed.

Pertinent address:

1119 Vincent Drive, Perryville, MO

Map of pertinent addresses

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