A 17 year old southwest Missouri teenager who was found guilty recently by a local jury of fatally shooting his step sister has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Levi Elliott was 15 when he was arrested for killing 12 year old Sierra Elliott at their home near Bolivar in March of 2012. He was found guilty of second degree murder, armed criminal action and car theft by a Benton County jury and was sentenced yesterday (Wednesday). Elliott must serve at least 20 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.
The trial of a man who led law enforcement on a week long manhunt in 2013 across the Lake of the Ozarks is underway in Boone County. 25 year old Brian Adkisson is accused of escaping from jail and then forcing his way into his ex-girlfriend’s home and raping her. Jurors heard opening arguments yesterday (Wednesday) in Boone county circuit court. Adkisson also faces felony charges in several other counties including kidnapping, domestic assault, burglary and tampering.
The trial of a woman accused of killing her father and his girlfriend at their vacation home in Sunrise Beach has been postponed. Susan Van Note was in court this week for a pre-trial conference and her trial was supposed to begin next month. However, it has been delayed and no new trial date has been scheduled. It was also announced that members of the Missouri Attorney General’s office have joined the prosecution. Van Note, a lawyer from Kansas city is accused of killing her father William Van Note and his girlfriend Sharon Dickson in October of 2010.
There is good news to report regarding the number of fatalities on Missouri’s roads and waterways. According to the Highway Patrol 29 people drowned in the state’s lakes and rivers compared with 38 in 2013. There were 15 boating fatalities in 2014 compared to 17 the previous year and preliminary statistics indicate 753 people were killed in traffic accidents compared to 757 in 2013. And that is a 40% decrease from the number of fatalities recorded in 2005. However those numbers are overshadowed by two local tragedies. In July four people were killed in a multi vehicle accident at the Niangua Bridge. 15 year old son, Donnie Schroeder survived the crash but had to undergo surgery and extensive rehabilitation. In another incident, 20 year old Brandon Ellingson drowned at the Lake in May while in the custody of the Highway Patrol.
Three people have been arrested over the past week by the Camdenton police department including 75 year old Betty Black of Camdenton who was arrested on a Camden County warrant for financial exploitation of a disabled person and domestic assault. 22 year old Ethan Moberly of Osage Beach was picked up on a warrant for failure to obey a judge’s order while 40 year old Russell Meddows of Macks Creek was charged with driving while suspended.
Governor Jay Nixon is in Washington D.C. today (Thursday) to discuss the possible economic benefits for the state and its farmers if trade relations are normalized with Cuba. Nixon will join the secretary of agriculture, members of congress and AG industry leaders at the national press club to discuss the issue. Coalition has also been formed that seeks the end of the U.S. embargo on Cuba and to advance trade relations between both nations.
It was anything but quiet as the 2015 legislative session got underway yesterday (Wednesday) at the state capital. Protesters interrupted the swearing in of state senators causing Lt. Governor Peter Kinder to strike the gavel in order to gain control.
According to reports the crowd was there to support Medicaid expansion and also protest against the criminal justice system which they say unfairly targets minorities. There were no reports of any arrests.