A last minute motion change of venue has delayed the trial of an Eldon man accused of stabbing his roommate to death in 2010.
Gregory George, 26, was scheduled to go to trial on June 3. He is accused of murdering Adrianna Hyten at the apartment the two shared in Osage Beach on Oct. 10, 2010. Hyten was 21 at the time of her death.
George's first trial setting was in Oct. 2012 in Camden County. That trial was delayed to allow the prosecution time to evaluate the possibility of new evidence. The trial was then set for June 3, 2013 before a Johnson County jury in Camden County.
According to court documents, in mid-May, less than three weeks before his trial was to begin, George filed a motion for a change of venue to Morgan County.
The case is in the process of being transferred. A new trial date has not been set.
George is facing one count of first-degree murder and one count of armed criminal action in connection with 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 the same day the murder was discovered. 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.
According to court documents, George and Hyten were in a personal relationship that began in early 2010. At 12:14 a.m. on Oct. 10, George and Hyten exchanged text messages. Hyten is believed to have gotten off work at Steak n' Shake in Osage Beach around 2 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 after she had been killed.
George sent text messages to a friend 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, just hours after sending the text message. 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.
George has remained in custody since his arrest in Oct. 2010.