Triple Murder Trial In Warren County Delayed Once Again

June 16, 2017

556cb61c1a3ee_imageThe trial of a Montgomery County man who is charged in a triple murder at a home in rural Warren County has been pushed back until next year.

For a third time, the trial date for 26 year old Shawn Kavanagh of Bellflower has been moved.

Kavanagh is accused in the stabbing deaths of 22 year old Tara Lynn Fifer of Montgomery City and 29 year old Lexy Vandiver and her 8 year old son Mason, both of Jonesburg.  The murders took place on Valentine’s Day 2014 at a home south of Jonesburg.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Kavanagh. He has pleaded not guilty to nine felony charges, including three counts of first-degree murder, four counts of armed criminal action, first-degree domestic assault and first-degree burglary. He also is charged with critically injuring his estranged wife, Jessie Powell Kavanagh.

Kavanagh is being represented by two attorneys from the Missouri Public Defender’s Office, who say they have not had enough time to prepare for his trial.He originally was set to be tried in January of this year but the trial date was pushed back to April and then to October. The trial now has been moved to Sept. 17, 2018.


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