Day 3 of Murder Trial in Southwest Missouri

Day 3 of Murder Trial in Southwest Missouri
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It’s day three of a murder trial in Newton County, Missouri.

Shannon Hensley is charged with 1st degree murder, 1st degree robbery, 1st degree burglary and armed criminal action. He’s accused of killing 82-year-old Nolan Karch of Aurora, Missouri (Lawrence County).

Authorities say the murder happened around December 28th, 2016, although Karch’s body wasn’t found until January 2nd, 2017.

Detectives were told that Hensley and another person were dropped off at Karch’s home outside Aurora to rob it. Hensley allegedly came out saying he got into a fight with Karch and shot him several times.

When Hensley was arrested on January 4th on an unrelated charge, he was found driving a motorhome that was carrying a bicycle reportedly stolen from Karch’s home.

Hensley pleaded not guilty to the crime. His trial venue was changed from Lawrence County to Newton County, Missouri.

The court clerk says testimony has gone into this afternoon.