Triple-Murder Trial Delayed in Camden County

It will be several months before a triple-murder trial resumes in Camden County.  Tuesday morning, Judge Kenneth Hayden delayed the trial for 53-year old Morris McCabe until June.  The trial started Monday in Camdenton.  

An evidence dispute is at the heart of the delay.  DNA evidence from Sally Amos was introduced on Tuesday morning by the prosecution.  The defense objected as to the validity and source of the DNA evidence.  After more than an hour delay as Judge Hayden talked with both the prosecution and the defense, he ruled the trial to be put on hold to verify the DNA evidence.  

McCabe is charged with three counts of first- degree murder in the deaths of 53- year old Donald Meyer, 45-year old Donald Young and 46-year old Sally Amos.  All three were found shot to death inside Meyer’s trailer home on State Route TT near Stoutland on December 3rd, 2010.  

As part of an agreement last month, McCabe waived his right to a jury trial in exchange for the prosecution taking the death penalty off the table.  

The trial will resume on Monday, June 17th.

Suspects Charged in Morgan County Double-Homicide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mandy Mitchell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garland Mitchell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derrell Spellmeyer

 

Formal charges are filed against three people in connection with a double homicide in Morgan County.  They are identified as 45-year old Garland Mitchell, 28-year-old Mandy Mitchell, both of Jefferson City, and 43-year-old Derrell Dean Spellmeyer of Eldon.  All three are charged with two counts of second- degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action.  

Monday morning, 53-year-old Carol and 66-year-old Freddy Wilson were found dead in a home on Dorsey Lane south of Versailles.  According to the probable cause statement, both had been shot and stabbed.

The three suspects were taken into custody after a white van they were in on Highway 5, swerved and almost hit a Morgan County detective’s vehicle head-on.  Both vehicles went off the road.

A .32 caliber handgun was recovered from the vehicle along with a bottle of Hydrocodone that belonged to Carol Wilson.

Authorities say Spellmeyer had a 32 caliber shell casing in his pocket and also had blood on his hands and clothing.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office says Spellmeyer confessed to shooting the gun and stated “they made me do it.”  He also admitted to a detective that he had stabbed the Wilsons.

The Mitchells told detectives that they drove Spellmeyer to the Wilson’s home to obtain drugs.  They waited outside while Spellmeyer went inside.  The Mitchells heard gunshots and then saw Spellmeyer come back to the van with blood on his hands and clothing.  All three then fled the scene. 

Mandy Mitchell, Garland Mitchell and Derrell Dean Spellmeyer are being held in the Morgan County Jail on a bond of $1 million each. 

 

 

Fired Cop Back in Court

A former Stover police officer accused of having sex with three underage girls will be back in court today.  23-year old Aaron Nelson of California, Missouri is charged with six counts of statutory rape.  Authorities say all of the incidents happened in Nelson’s home between April and December of last year.  Two of the victims were 16 and one was 15.  Nelson was fired from the Stover Police Department after he was arrested.  He will be in a Moniteau County courtroom today for a counsel status  hearing.  Nelson is free on bond. 

McCabe Murder Trial Continues in Camden County

Evidence, evidence and more evidence in day one of a triple murder trial in Camden County.  53-year old Morris McCabe of Lebanon is facing three counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Donald Young, Donald Meyer and Sally Amos.  All three were found shot to death inside of Meyer’s mobile home on State Route T-T outside of Stoutland in December of 2010.  

Yesterday (MONDAY), the prosecution presented forensic evidence collected at the scene including spent shell casings and bullets.  

Three witnesses, two Camden County Sheriff’s Department Detectives and a Missouri Highway Patrol Investigator testified about that evidence.  

Crime scene video and photos were also shown which led to quiet sobs in the court room from family members of the victims that were in attendance.  

Day two of the trial starts tomorrow (TUESDAY) morning in Camden County Court.   

Osage Beach Fire Chief Shares Safety Tips

THE OSAGE BEACH FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT IS SHARING SOME SAFETY TIPS FOR DEALING WITH COOKING FIRES. FIRE CHIEF JEFF DORHAUER SAYS IT STARTS WITH COMMON SENSE THINKING:

Jeff Dorhauer on Safety

JEFF SAYS THAT GREASE FIRES ARE THE MOST DANGEROUS

Jeff Dorhauer on Grease Fires

THE DISTRICT TRIES TO RELEASE A FEW HELPFUL TIPS EVERY MONTH SAYS DORHAUER

Jeff Dorhauer on Safety Releases from the District

FOR MORE SAFETY TIPS VISIT THE DISTRICT’S WEBSITE AT OBFIRE.COM

UPDATE: Morgan County Murder Victims Identified

The victims of this morning’s double-homicide in Morgan County have been identified. According to Sheriff Jim Petty, they are 53-year-old Carol Wilson and 66-year-old Freddy Wilson. The couple were found shot to death in their home five miles south of Versailles off Highway TT on Dorsey Lane.  An autopsy will be conducted Tuesday.  Three suspects are in custody and are expected to be charged in the morning.

Gas Goes Live in Gravois Mills

Natural gas is flowing on the west side of the Lake.  Annica Russo with Summit Natural Gas says the first customers are now on-line:

Annica Russo-Summit Natural Gas

Russo says crews are hooking up more homes as fast as they can:

Russo-crews working fast

Construction is continuing to extend the pipeline to Camdenton, Linn Creek, Osage Beach and Lake Ozark.  Russo says boring under the lake at the Niangua Bridge has been completed, and crews have moved their equipment to the next lake bore:

Russo-construction continues

Summit currently has over 2,000 customers signed up around the Lake area and hopes to have close to 4,800 by the end of the year.