Update: Victim, suspect ID'd in Truman VA hospital homicide

Feb 4, 2013

78-year-old Robert Hill of Warsaw was the man killed by another patient at Truman Veterans Hospital on Friday, Columbia police spokesperson Sgt. Joe Bernhard said in a release. 

Bernhard said Hill was involved in an assault at about 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1. He died from the injuries he sustained in the assault. The release said no weapons were involved in the assault, but didn't go into further detail.

In a separate release, Bernhard identified the suspect as 33-year-old Rudy Perez Jr. of Sedalia.  Perez is being held for First Degree Murder with a $1,000,000 cash bond.

The Columbia Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit is continuing the investigation in conjunction with the Criminal Division of The Office of Inspector General.