As the three-year anniversary of a brutal homicide approaches, multiple murder charges have finally been filed in Camden County. Camden County Prosecuting Attorney Brian Keedy charged Susan Elizabeth Van Note, 45, Tuesday with two counts of first degree murder in the Oct. 2010 deaths of her father, William Van Note, and his longtime companion Sharon Dickson.
Susan Van Note was originally charged with murder in Boone County in Sept. 2012 in the death of her father only. Prosecutors allege Susan Van Note had a power of attorney forged to remove her father from life support. William Van Note, 67, initially survived the shooting attack at his Sunrise Beach residence before being transported to a Columbia hospital where he was put on life support.
The case transferred to Camden County Circuit Court Tuesday, where Susan Van Note was charged with first degree murder and forgery in the death of her father, but in a surprise move, also with first degree murder in the death of Sharon Dickson, 59.
No charges had been previously filed in Dickson's death. A longtime companion of William Van Note, Dickson died after being shot and stabbed in the same attack that eventually killed William Van Note.
Two friends of Susan Van Note, Desre and Stacy Dory, have been charged with forgery and second degree murder in Boone County in accordance with their alleged involvement in the forged power of attorney document.
Susan Van Note is scheduled to appear in Camden County Circuit Court Tuesday. Lake News will have more on this development as it becomes available.