Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Trial dates set for Lewis, Nichols

  • Trial dates have been set for the two men accused of killing an elderly Moberly woman. Get the details here.
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  • Trial dates have been set for the two men accussed of killing an elderly Moberly woman, and committing several acts of burglary and assault in the area on Easter night of this year.
    Jury selection will begin in the State of Missouri v. Jeffrey Jay Nichols on Nov. 12, 2014. It is expected to last until Nov. 14, 2014.
    The trial itself is set for Nov. 17-21, 2014, at the Marion County Courthouse, in Hannibal.
    Pretrial hearing has been set for May 19, 2014. Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd is the trial judge.
    In the case of State of Missouri v. Christopher Demond Lewis III, trial has been set to begin on March 4, 2014, in Boone County, with a hearing prior, on Feb. 24, 2014. Jury selection will take approximately two days. Several more will be required to put in evidence.
    Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Fusselman told the MMI on Monday, October 28, afternoon he believes "that there's a lot more work to do before they're ready to try [Lewis]," and said that the noted date is only preliminary in nature, and that, at this time, he expects for it to be pushed back further into 2014.
    Kevin M J Crane is the presiding judge for the Lewis trial.
    Juries in both cases will be coming from Green County.
    Nichols, 22, and Lewis, 18, are facing the death penalty on 19 felony charges, including those for the shootings of two people in the rural Huntsville area, for the physical assault of another, and for the stabbing death of 92-year-old Moberly resident Carmelita Kaser, as well as for several felony thefts. These crimes all took place on Easter night of this year (2013).
    On May 19, 2013, the duo pled "not guilty" to all charges.
    Nichols is currently being held at the Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center. Lewis is being housed at the Randolph County Justice Center.

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