Jorgensen Pleads Guilty To 2nd-Degree Murder

Christopher Jorgensen
Christopher Jorgensen

In a surprise move on Friday, June 14, Christopher A. Joergensen, 30, of Ava, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, just hours before his murder trial was set to begin in Clinton.
Prosecuting Attorney Roger Wall said Jorgensen requested to withdraw his previous plea of not guilty, and entered a plea of guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action.
Jorgensen was originally charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and abandonment of a corpse in connection with the December 2011 beating and stabbing death of 17-year-old Kenny Stout, of Ava.
The jury trial was moved to Henry County on a change of venue from Douglas County, and was scheduled to have begun on Monday this week.
The trial was expected to have taken most of the week.
Nathan Jensen, 28, of Seymour, is also charged with first-degree murder in Stout’s death.
The defendant, represented by Stuart Huffman, of Springfield, requested a sentence and assessment report to be completed by the Board of Probation and Parole prior to sentencing.
Jorgensen also agreed to testify truthfully in all pending legal matters including the trial of Jensen, set to begin Oct. 28, in Waynesville, also on a change of venue.
The state, represented by Douglas County Prosecutor Wall, has agreed to a maximum sentence of 20 years in Jorgensen’s case, on both counts.
Sentencing for Jorgensen is set before Circuit Judge James Journey in Clinton on Nov. 12.
Besides Jorgensen and Jensen, three other people have also been charged with tampering with evidence in connection with Stout’s murder.