Saturday, February 7, 2015

Missouri lawyer’s trial in double homicide delayed

Missouri lawyer’s trial in double homicide delayed

LEBANON, Mo. (AP) — The trial of a suburban Kansas City lawyer charged with killing her father and his girlfriend has been delayed from February, and the prosecution will now include members of the Missouri attorney general’s office. Liz Van Note, 47, of Lee’s Summit faces two counts of first-degree murder in the October 2010 shooting deaths of William Van Note, 67, and Sharon Dickson, 59, at their home at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Dickson died at the scene but William Van Note was hospitalized in Columbia.
Prosecutors allege Liz Van Note persuaded doctors to remove her father from life support after she forged durable power of attorney documents, The Lake Sun Leader reported.
During a pre-trial conference Monday, a Laclede County Circuit Court judge granted the prosecution’s request for a continuance, although no new trial date was set.
Camden County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Gilley will be assisted by Kevin Zoellner from the attorney general’s office. Gilley said it is fairly common to have the attorney general’s office assist in high-profile cases.
Susan Elizabeth Van Note was named personal representative of her father’s estate in February 2011, but that power was suspended in September 2012 after she was charged.
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