A triple murder trial will move to Morgan County despite an objection from the attorney representing Morris McCabe. The Lebanon man is accused of killing three people in Camden County in December of last year.
McCabe is accused of shooting Donald E. Young, 45, Donald Q. Myers, 53, and Sally A. Amos, 46. The triple shooting occurred on the morning of Dec. 3 at a mobile home in Stoutland.
On Friday morning in Camdenton, a deputy prosecuting attorney asked that McCabe's motion hearing be continued to Tuesday, when Camden County Prosecutor Brian Keedy would be available to be in the courtroom. Presiding Judge Kenneth Hayden had other ideas.
"Why can't we rule on it today and get it done?" Hayden asked. "I already know where we're going to go."
Public defender Fawzy Simon asked that his client's case move to Pulaski County when he introduced a formal motion for change of venue. The prosecutor asked to keep the case within the 26th Judicial Circuit, which encompasses Camden, Miller, Laclede, Morgan and Moniteau counties.
"Judge, there has been an extensive amount of pretrial publicity on this case. There is no way that Mr. McCabe could get a fair trial in this circuit," Simon told Hayden.
Hayden said he hadn't seen any coverage of the case. Simon mentioned stories in the Lake Sun, on LakeNewsOnline.com, in a Lebanon newspaper and on Springfield TV stations and asked for the change of venue to go to Pulaski County.
"It's a pretty extensive amount of coverage," Simon said.
Over Simon's objection, Hayden granted a change of venue to Morgan County, where the case will be set for trial.
McCabe has been in the Camden County jail since his arrest on Dec. 4, 2010. He did not appear in person at the motion hearing.
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