UPDATE: A motion seeking a new trial following the capital murder conviction of Martin Priest was denied in Laclede County on Tuesday. After the motion was denied, Priest was the sentenced to life in prison to run concurrent with a similar sentence he is already serving in the State of Kansas. Priest was found guilty on the Miller County charged for the 1984 murder of Eldon teenager Tammy Rothganger. The case was heard in Laclede County on a change of venue.
Martin Dean Priest could find out his fate this week in a Laclede County courtroom. The now 61-year-old who had been serving a separate murder sentence in Kansas, was convicted in a jury trial on October 11th for the 1984 cold case murder of Eldon teenager Tammy Rothganger. Priest was charged, in Miller County, with capital murder for the killing of Rothganger…the trial heard on a change of venue in Laclede County. After the verdict was announced, a request was granted allowing the defense 10 days to file a motion seeking a new trial. That motion, apparently, was filed on Friday and will be considered prior to the sentencing hearing which is set for Tuesday morning (Nov. 6, 2018). If the motion is overruled, then sentencing will take place as scheduled on Tuesday.