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  • Spellmeyer case review leads to another case review

  • After a case review Feb. 13, another review of the case against a man charged in the shooting deaths of a Morgan County couple has been scheduled for April 17, 2014.
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  • After a case review Feb. 13, another review of the case against a man charged in the shooting deaths of a Morgan County couple has been scheduled for April 17, 2014.
    Judge Stan Moore is reviewing the case of Derrell Spellmeyer, 44, in Morgan County Circuit Court.
    These reviews follow a surprise twist at Spellmeyer's sentencing hearing Jan. 16 when it was found that the accused killer had changed his story of what happened in the Feb. 4, 2013 incident which led to the deaths of Freddie and Carol Wilson at their home south of Versailles.
    A guilty plea for two counts of second degree murder and armed criminal action had been entered and accepted by Judge Kenneth Hayden in November, but in a sentencing assessment report conducted by the Missouri Department of Corrections, Spellmeyer claimed the gun went off by accident.
    The report was received by the court the day of the sentencing hearing. At that time, Hayden recused himself from both Spellmeyer's case and two other suspects in the killings.
    It is not clear at this point what direction the case will take - whether the guilty plea will stand or whether the case will go to trial.
    Spellmeyer was arrested along with Garland Mitchell, 45, and Mandy Mitchell, 28, near the Wilson's home on Dorsey Lane shortly after a 911 call from Carol Wilson reporting that she had been shot.
    According to the probable cause statement issued by the Morgan County Sheriff's Department, a white van with Spellmeyer and the Mitchells inside swerved and hit a patrol car as it responded to the call.
    The trio were taken into custody at the scene of the crash where officers recovered a .32 caliber hand gun, a bottle of Hydrocodone belonging to Carol Wilson and a .32 caliber casing. Officers also reported blood on Spellmeyer's hands and clothing.
    In a later interview with detectives, court documents state that Spellmeyer admitted to doing the shooting.
    Court documents also state that the Mitchells told detectives that they drove Spellmeyer to the Wilson residence to obtain drugs. Although they did not enter the home, the Mitchells said they recalled hearing gunshots a short time later, according to the probable cause statement.
    All three then fled the scene in the van before encountering officers.
    While Spellmeyer had entered a guilty plea, both Garland and Mandy Mitchell were scheduled to go to trial Jan. 27. With the issues raised by Spellmeyer's statements in the sentencing assessment, Hayden had the Mitchells' case transferred to Camden County Circuit Court. A hearing or trial has not yet been scheduled.

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