Judge denies bond for man accused of brutally beating another man to death in Sikeston

Anthony Pearson appears in court for bond hearing.
Published: Sep. 13, 2023 at 1:57 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2023 at 6:15 PM CDT
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SIKESTON, Mo. (KFVS) - A judge denied bond for a man accused of brutally beating another man to death.

Anthony Pearson, 53, appeared before a judge to ask for a reduced bond. However, the judge denied that request, meaning Pearson will remain in jail.

While he appeared virtually from the Scott County Jail, online court records indicate the family of the victim, Curtis McKinney, sat in the courtroom for the hearing, but chose not to make any statements.

Pearson is set to appear in court again on October 3.

According to Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Donald Cobb, Pearson appeared by video for his first arraignment in Scott County Court early Wednesday afternoon, September 13.

He pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and first-degree burglary.