The process of getting ready for a triple murder trial is underway in Camden County as the sheriff's department prepares to house and provide security for a sequestered jury.
The trial of accused triple murderer Morris McCabe is scheduled to get underway Feb. 4 in Camden County. Camden County Prosecutor Brian Keedy is seeking the death penalty. The jury will be sequestered throughout the duration of the trial.
McCabe is accused of shooting and killing Stoutland residents Sally Amos, Don Meyers and Don Young on Dec. 3, 2010.
The three were found shot to death at a home near the intersection of Route T and Route H. Deputies arrested McCabe a day after the killings. McCabe has been in the Camden County jail since his arrest.
It is the second time McCabe has faced murder charges. 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 Laclede County 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. McCabe pleaded not guilty to the Stoutland murders. McCabe's court proceedings have moved back and forth between counties.