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Prosecuting Attorney Roger Wall called nine witnesses during the 3½-hour hearing. At the conclusion, Judge Lynette Veenstra of Wright County, assigned to hear the case, found that a homicide did occur in Douglas County and found probable cause to believe that Jensen caused the death of Stout.
Jensen was bound over to Division I Circuit Court on charges of murder in the 1st degree; armed criminal action for the use of a baseball bat in the murder; and unlawful disposal of a corpse about 1.2 miles from Ava, in an area just off County Road 500 near the Ava Country Club.
Jensen will be arraigned in circuit court on April 3. He was returned to the Douglas County Jail on the current bond of $500,000.
Jensen is represented by Cynthia Black, of Marshfield.
If convicted, Jensen faces life imprisonment without parole or death by lethal injection on the murder charge.
A co-defendant, Christopher Jorgensen, 28, of Ava, has also been charged with the Dec. 13, 2011, murder of Stout. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday, March 19, in Ava.
Two other people, Judy Greuter and James Watson, charged in Texas County with accessory liability for tampering with evidence in the case, were among those giving testimony here last Friday.
Prosecutor Wall said the motive for the murder remains unclear, but he said there is no doubt in his mind that it “did not justify the killing of a 17-year-old youth.”
Wall reminds everyone that these individuals are presumed to be innocent in the eyes of the law until they are convicted by a court of law.
In other court matters, on Tuesday, March 6, during Law Day, Judge John Moody sentenced three people to the Missouri Department of Corrections.
Dustin Lee, 28, of Vanzant, was sentenced to three years in prison for stealing electric/copper wire from area churches. These events occurred between May 11 and June 6, 2011.
Cory Goodman, 28, Ava, was sentenced to two years in prison for possession of a controlled substance, after his probation was revoked due to violations with Probation and Parole.
Kyle Crowder, 20, of Osage Beach, was sentenced to three years in prison for possession of methamphetamine precursor drugs, after his probation was revoked due to violations with Probation and Parole.