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Murder Trial Moving Forward

The murder trial of a woman accused of killing her father is moving forward.In 2010, the victim and a woman were found shot and stabbed together at a home near the Lake of the Ozarks. The man’s daughter, Susan Van Note, allegedly was involved in the shooting and stabbing and also forged a document with two friends so she could take her father off life support.”She was also involved to have the life-sustaining medical care removed from him,” said Camden County prosecutor Brian Keedy. “We allege that she was involved in both.”Keedy says they are trying to delay the trial for the alleged accomplice so that they can focus on Van Note.The trial for accomplice Desre Dory was set to begin the same week as Van Note’s. The prosecutor wants Van Note’s case to be prosecuted first. She posted a one million dollar cash bond last week and is now considered a flight risk.Keedy says the unusually high bond was designed to keep Van Note in custody but she posted that bond with a cashier’s check.”I was surprised, that’s certainly unusual,” Keedy said. “And it’s certainly her prerogative and her ability to do so.”Murder victim William Van Note was very wealthy and his assets are estimated in the millions. His long-term girlfriend, Sharon Dickinson, died in the same attack, but no charges have been filed.”We are going to prosecute each case in its own time and it was our decision to proceed with this one first,” said Keedy.Keedy says Van Note’s attorney did not ask for the bond to be reduced before posting bond. He’s unsure of where the money came from since Van Note filed for bankruptcy three years ago.Her trial is set to start on December 12.

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