By the time a jury from Johnson County is seated in to hear the case against the man accused of murdering a young Osage Beach woman at the apartment they shared, nearly three years will have passed.
The trial of Gregory L. George was scheduled to begin Oct. 1 but was delayed to allow the prosecution time to evaluate the possibility of new evidence. The trial has now been set to begin on June 3, 2013. George is accused of murdering his rommate, Adrianna Hyten. Hyten was 21 at the time of her death.
The case will remain in Camden County. A visiting jury will be brought in from Johnson County to hear the case. Judge Kenneth Hayden is assigned to the George case. Currently there are no plans to sequester the jury during the trial.
George is facing one count of first-degree murder and one count of armed criminal action in the death of Hyten. The young woman was found stabbed to death in her apartment on Mace Road on Oct. 10, 2010. George was charged with murder following an investigation by the Osage Beach Police Department in April 2011.
Detectives interviewed George, whom she shared the apartment with, on the same day. Police arrested George, 24, on the same day for violating conditions of his probation from prior criminal convictions — endangering the welfare of a child and second degree child molestation. George was later charged with murder following an investigation by the Osage Beach Police Department.
George is being held in the Camden County jail with no bond allowed.
- Key elements from the probable cause statement:
-- Gregory George and Adrianna Hyten were in a personal relationship that began in early 2010. They began living together in June, 201
-- Hyten and George began living together at the apartment on Mace Road on October 2.
-- At 12:14 a.m. on Oct 10, 2010, George and Hyten exchanged text messages.
-- Hyten got off work at Steak n’ Shake in Osage Beach at 2:02 a.m.
-- Hyten sent two text messages to other acquaintances at 2:30 a.m. In both messages, she asked the recipient to call the police and have them respond to the apartment. Neither of the recipients read the messages until later that day.
-- George sent text messages text messages to another acquaintance at 3:18 a.m., indicating that Hyten had kicked him out of the apartment and that he was leaving.
-- Surveillance video shows George went to El Rancho Truck Stop in Eldon at 5:16 a.m.
-- At 11:21 a.m., George called 911 to report that this roommate was dead.
-- Osage Beach Police Det. Kevin Friend interviewed George at 2:20 p.m. Friend determined that some of George’s statements about his activity that morning were false.
-- Detectives found Hyten’s blood and DNA on the driver’s seat of George’s vehicle.