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  • Trial postponed for Columbia man

  • The trial of a Columbia man accused of killing a Camdenton woman in a violent car accident has been postponed.
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  • The trial of a Columbia man accused of killing a Camdenton woman in a violent car accident has been postponed.
    The trial of Dennis Leporin, 29, was scheduled to get underway next week. Leporin is charged with second degree murder for the death of Chelsea Fredrickson in March 2013.
    A Cole County judge originally set the jury trial for Leporin, for Dec. 17. The case has now been set for review in February 2014. A trial date has not been set. Leporin has also retained new counsel.
    Leporin is facing a second degree murder charge, second degree assault charge, driving while intoxicated persistent offender charge, driving while revoked and driving in the wrong direction on a highway.
    Authorities say Leporin was driving his truck the wrong way on Highway 54 in Cole County on March 6 when he struck a Saturn Ion driven by Fredrickson. She was 19 at the time of her death.
    A passenger in Fredrickson's car, Jasper Richmond, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia.
    Leporin waived a formal arraignment and pleaded not guilty to the charges in May.
    Leporin was charged as a persistent offender on the DWI. According to court records, Leporin had a prior DWI conviction in 2011 in Camden County. Leporin has a history of other traffic related charges in other counties.
    Leporin is being held in the Cole County Jail. Bond is set at $250,000.
    Leporin's case will be heard by Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green.
    A wrongful death civil suit has also been filed against Leporin.
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