Judge delays trial for Camden Co. man charged in two deaths from August 2016

Updated: Jun. 13, 2021 at 6:43 PM CDT
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CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo. (KY3) - A judge on Monday delayed the trial for man accused of killing a mother and daughter in Camden County five years ago. The delay is the ninth in the case.

Steven Endsley was scheduled to go before a judge on Monday, June 14 in Laclede County Court. Endsley is charged with stabbing Danielle Smith, 27, and her mother Teresa Jackson, 61, then burning down their mobile home in August of 2016. Medical reports indicate Smith was stabbed to death and her her mother was strangled before their bodies were burned.

Before the women were killed authorities say Endsley harassed them, though an order of protection was not filed. Reports filed with police indicate that Endsley didn’t agree with Smith’s lifestyle. Prosecutors argue that Endsley wanted to kill Smith because she was gay.

Camden County Prosecutor Caleb Cunningham is looking to move the trial to a county with more of a jury pool. Endsley reappears before a judge July 6.

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