The man accused of a triple murder in Stoutland will face the second murder trial of his life.
Morris McCabe, 51, had been out of prison for just more than eight months at the time he was arrested as the suspect in the deaths of three Stoutland residents.
McCabe faces three counts of first degree murder and three counts of armed criminal action in the deaths of Donald E. Young, 45, Donald Q. Myers, 53, and Sally A. Amos, 46. McCabe completed a 30-year prison sentence for a murder in 1979 and had been out of prison since Feb. 24, 2010. Young, Myers and Amos were found dead on Dec. 3.
In 1980, McCabe was found guilty of a murder in Lebanon. On June 8, 1979, McCabe was convicted of shooting and killing 34-year-old Larry Baker at the home of Nancy Row on Yates Ave. in Lebanon. McCabe was 19 at the time of Baker's murder.
According to a story in the Feb. 21, 1980, edition of the Lake Sun written by David Millsap, "Baker's bullet-riddled body was found in the home of Nancy Row, 523 Yates, at about 3:30 on a Friday when police officers were called to the scene after receiving a report of shots being fired."
Defense Attorney Darrell Deputy Jr. put in a change of venue request and McCabe's trial moved from Lebanon to Camden County. He stood trial before Judge John Parrish. Jack Miller was the prosecuting attorney.
In the 1979 case, a woman told investigators that she believed McCabe's motive was that he was paid "$500 to kill someone." Investigators have not discussed any motives for the Stoutland deaths.
A jury of six men and six women found McCabe guilty of second degree murder and stealing. He received a 30-year prison sentence, which he served in full.
In both of the murder cases involving McCabe, the victims were found dead on a Friday.
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