4th suspect arrested in Moberly stabbing case

Erik Cliburn
Joshua Nickerson

The fourth suspect in the recent alleged stabbing of a homeless man in Moberly was arrested Tuesday afternoon.

Joshua Nickerson, 37, was arrested Tuesday on felony charges of first-degree assault resulting in serious physical injury, armed criminal action and first-degree burglary for his alleged involvement in stabbing and beating a homeless man at a Porter Street house in Moberly.

Three other suspects, Kristopher Nickerson, Alison Nickerson and her boyfriend Jody Kelley were arrested and charged Saturday with the same crimes. Kelley also was charged with felony drug possession. Joshua Nickerson, like the other suspects, is being held in the Randolph County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

The charges stem from an incident Sept. 7 in which the Nickersons and Kelley allegedly beat and stabbed a homeless man who had recently moved to Moberly and was staying with a friend, according to court documents. Kristopher Nickerson and the alleged victim reportedly got into a fight outside of the Porter Street house. Nickerson left after a scuffle with the victim, but later returned with a group of people that included the three other defendants, the documents stated.

The defendants busted through the front door of the house, tackled the alleged victim and began beating and stabbing him, the documents stated. The alleged victim told police that all four defendants had large folding knives with them during the attack.

The alleged victim survived the attack, but was taken to the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia to treat severe wounds, including collapsed lungs and deep lacerations.

Kristopher Nickerson, Alison Nickerson and Kelley are scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon for a bond reduction hearing. As of Thursday afternoon, Joseph Nickerson had no scheduled court dates.


Kristopher Nickerson