A man accused of a triple murder in Stoutland faces the death penalty. Camden County Prosecuting Attorney Brian Keedy filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty in the Circuit Court of Camden County on Monday in the case of Morris McCabe.
The two-page court document shows that public defender Fawzy T. Simon received notice of the state’s intent to seek the death penalty in McCabe’s case.
McCabe is accused of shooting and killing Stoutland residents Sally Amos, Don Meyers and Don Young on December 3, 2010. The three were found shot to death at a home near the intersection of Route T and Route H in Camden County. Sheriff’s deputies arrested McCabe a day after the killings. McCabe has been in the Camden County jail for the duration of his pretrial activity.
According to the notice of intent, the prosecutor will seek the death penalty on three separate charges of first degree murder because the nature of the triple homicide created “a statutory aggravating circumstance,” under state law. Keedy also seeks the death penalty because McCabe has been convicted of murder before.
In 1980, McCabe was found guilty of a murder in Lebanon. On June 8, 1979, McCabe shot and killed 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.
McCabe’s 1980 trial moved from Lebanon to Camden County on a change of venue request. He stood trial before Judge John Parrish. Jack Miller was the prosecuting attorney. McCabe served 30 years in prison for his 1979 crimes.
McCabe 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. On January 31, of this year he entered a not guilty plea for three charges of first degree murder and three charges of armed criminal action.
At this time, McCabe’s case is scheduled to go to trial in Versailles on the week of October 31.
Simon asked that his client’s case move to Pulaski County when he first 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 Judge Kenneth Hayden.
Hayden moved the case to Morgan County at the motion hearing. Simon has since appealed that decision, and the appeal will be taken up at a hearing July 12.
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