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  • Eldon man will serve life for murdering Osage Beach woman

  • An Eldon man will serve a life sentence with the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to one count of second-degree in the death of an Osage Beach woman murder last week.
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  • An Eldon man will serve a life sentence with the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to one count of second-degree in the death of an Osage Beach woman murder last week.
    After having been delayed for change of venue from Camden County to Morgan County, the case against Gregory George officially went to court on Thursday.
    George was 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 October 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 2013, less than three weeks before his trial was to begin, George filed a motion for a change of venue to Morgan County.
    He had entered a plea of not guilty, necessitating a jury trial. The trial was nixed when George changed his plea.
    He was facing one count of first-degree murder and one count of armed criminal action in connection with death of Hyten. When he pleaded guilty, the plea was downgraded to second-degree murder. The armed criminal action charge was dismissed.
    Following the discovery of Hyten's body, George was interviewed by investigators with the Osage Beach Police Department, but wasn't charged with murder until April 2011.
    Police arrested George, 24, on the same day of the murder for violating conditions of his probation from prior criminal convictions — endangering the welfare of a child and second degree child molestation.
    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, 2010, 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 her death.
    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.
    Page 2 of 2 - George has remained in custody since his arrest in October 2010. Last week, he also received a seven year sentence for his probation violation charge in Miller County which will be served concurrently to his life sentence.
    George will be eligible for parole after spending 25 and a half years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

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