A Boone County judge has granted a continuance for the second of two defendants accused of forgery and helping a Kansas City lawyer murder her father.
Stacey Dory was scheduled to go to trial on April 17 on the forgery and murder charges in connection with the death of William Van Note. Her husband Desre was scheduled for trial last month. He was also granted a continuance at the request of the prosecution. The defense did not object to the delay.
The Dorys were arrested and charged with second degree murder and forgery for the death of William Van Note. He was found critically wounded at his lake home in Sunrise Beach on Oct. 2, 2010. The couple is also accused of helping William Van Note's daughter, Susan Elizabeth Van Note, forge a power of attorney document that eventually led to him being taken off life support while undergoing treatment at a Boone County hospital. The Dorys', who were referred to as friends of Susan Van Note, signatures were on the forged documents. William Van Note's longtime girlfriend Sharon Dickson was killed in the attack. No charges have been filed in that case.
Monday's continuance order will give prosecutors and defense attorneys additional time to prepare for a trial against Susan Van Note. With the latest continuance, Susan Van Note will be the first to go to trial in November.
The Dorys are expected to testify against Van Note, who bonded out of jail in Sept. 2012 with $1 million in cash.
The charges against the Dorys and Susan Elizabeth Van Note were filed following an indictment handed down by a Boone County jury in Sept. 2012.
The court documents allege Van Note conspired to kill her father by having him removed from life support using the forged power of attorney.
Van Note is scheduled to go to trial in November. All three defendants are free on bond.