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Van Note trial starts today with jury selection (MO)

Lakenewsonline.com

February 6, 2017

Two weeks of trial have been scheduled for the weeks of Feb. 6 and 13 after both sides agreed to proceed during a pre-trial conference last month via telephone under Judge Kenneth Hayden.

The double-murder trial of Susan Elizabeth Van Note is set to get underway Monday morning with jury selection beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Laclede County Circuit Court.

 

Jury in Van Note trial to be sequestered; opening statements Tuesday (MO)

Lakenewsonline.com

February 6, 2017

Jury selection and voir dire consumed most of day one of the Susan Elizabeth Van Note double-homicide trial Monday morning in Laclede County Circuit Court.

Judge Kenneth Hayden called a jury pool of approximately 150 people, separated into two pools of about 75 each, and by approximately 1:30 p.m. the first pool had been whittled down to 15 prospective jurors, nine women and six men. The other pool was called in case of the first pool being tainted, which was the cause of a mistrial in June 2015.

 

Prosecutor outlines case in Van Note murder trial; her lawyer cites lack of evidence (MO)

Kansas City Star

February 7, 2017

LEBANON, Mo.

On the first full day of testimony in the double-murder trial of Lee’s Summit lawyer Susan Elizabeth Van Note, a prosecutor described how the defendant allegedly killed her millionaire father and his girlfriend for money.

Defense attorney Tom Bath countered that prosecutors have no forensic evidence that puts Van Note in her father’s Lake of the Ozarks house when the attack occured Oct. 2, 2010.

 

Graphic Video, Investigators Depict Scene Of Van Note Murder For Jury (MO)

Lake Expo

February 7, 2017

A chilling video of a blood-spattered murder scene punctuated the first day of oral arguments in the trial for the double murder that took place at Lake of the Ozarks in 2010.

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, the jury heard the prosecution’s version of events that led to Elizabeth Susan Van Note being charged with double homicide, before the defense offered an alternate explanation for the relationship between the defendant and her father. Jurors also heard testimony from Mr. Van Note’s best friend and criminal investigators.

 

Testimony resumes in Susan Van Note’s double-murder trial (MO)

Kansas City Star

February 8, 2017

LEBANON, Mo. – Stacey Dory says she thought she was just doing a favor for an old friend from high school.

Susan Elizabeth Van Note had told Dory and husband that her father had been shot and stabbed in a home invasion. They asked if they could do anything for her. Van Note said there was one thing, Dory testified Wednesday at Van Note’s double-murder trial.

 

Here’s How A Missing Murder Weapon Could Help The Prosecution’s Case In Liz Van Note’s Trial (MO)

Lake Expo

February 8, 2017

LEBANON, Mo. — Often, finding a murder weapon can help the prosecution make their case. But in the murder charges against Susan “Liz” Van Note, the absence of a weapon weakened a line of argument for Van Note’s team.

Evan Garrison is a ballistics expert, and was brought to the stand as a state witness on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. The jury listened intently as Garrison explained the crime scene from a ballistics perspective. Questioned by Prosecutor Kevin Zoellner, Garrison explained that the bullet fragments and shell casings revealed all of the bullets had been fired from the same gun on the night of Oct. 2, 2010.

 

Trial witness: Van Note ‘very firm’ her father wouldn’t want to be on a ventilator (MO)

Kansas City Star

February 9, 2017

Lebanon, Mo.

Susan Elizabeth Van Note may not testify in her double-murder trial, but the jury heard from her Thursday.

Prosecutors played a video of investigators talking to Van Note shortly after the attack that left her father critically injured and his longtime girlfriend dead.

 

‘Shady Individual’ Talk Leaves Judge Perplexed On Day Four Of Lake Of The Ozarks Double Murder Trial (MO)

Lake Expo

February 9, 2017

LEBANON, Mo. — The last words of the day—a reference to a “shady individual”—caused a stir, in the fourth day of the Lake of the Ozarks double-murder trial that has garnered international attention.

The final witness to take the stand on Thursday, Feb. 9, was Kevin Friend a special agent with the Missouri Department of Revenue, who was with the Osage Beach Police Department and a multi-county Major Case Squad at the time of the double murder.

 

After day of key evidence, including 911 call, prosecution rests in Van Note trial (MO)

Kansas City Star

February 10, 2017

Lebanon, Mo. – The first time Susan Van Note talked to detectives after an attack that left her millionaire father critically wounded and his girlfriend dead, she told them what a great guy her dad was.

The next day, she told two other detectives that she suspected her father had committed the crime.

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