Tentative agreements in court this week set up a death penalty trial in Camdenton for 2013. Morris A. McCabe, 53, of Lebanon will go to trial on Feb. 4, 2013 in the triple murder case of Stoutland residents Sally Amos, Donald Meyers and Don Young.
Amos, Meyers and Young were all found shot to death at a home near the intersections of Route T and Route H in Camden County, just outside the Stoutland city limits, on Dec. 3, 2010. Camden County deputies arrested McCabe two days later. In June of 2011, Camden County Prosecuting Attorney Brian Keedy declared his intent to seek death penalty convictions for each of the three killings.
McCabe faces three first degree murder and three armed criminal action charges.
Investigators believe McCabe's motive involved his girlfriend, who had previously been in a romantic relationship with Don "Fido" Meyers.
The accused Lebanon man was originally set to stand trial in Camdenton on Oct. 31. The jury trial has been pushed back after two unsuccessful change of venue motions. Public defender Fawzy Simon asked that the case be moved to Pulaski County, but Circuit Judge Kenneth Hayden stated that he did not want to move the case out of the 26th Judicial Circuit, made up of Laclede, Camden, Miller, Morgan and Moniteau counties. The trial could have moved to Versailles, but returned to Camdenton when Simon withdrew his motion.
On Tuesday, Hayden agreed to bring in a jury from somewhere outside the 26th Circuit. Jury selection will take place a week before the 2013 trial. The case has also been pushed back to accommodate Assistant Public Defender Beth Ann Davis-Kerry's schedule. Davis-Kerry is now McCabe's primary defense attorney.
McCabe remains behind bars in the Camden County jail, where he has been since his arrest. He will not be allowed bond.