CARTER COUNTY -- Trial for a Carter County man charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the death of Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Carl Dewayne Graham Jr. is set for January 2007 in Cape Girardeau.
Lance Shockley, 29, of Van Buren was in court Feb. 24 in Carter County Circuit Court. It was ordered to pick the jury for the trial in Carter County but to move the trial to Cape Girardeau County. The move was made not as a change of venue but for security reasons.
Thirty-Second Judicial Circuit Judge William L. Syler will hear the case.
Shockley is charged with shooting Graham, 37, in the yard of his home near Van Buren in March 2005. Shockley is also charged with leaving the scene of an accident in November 2004 that killed Jeffrey Bayless, 32, of Van Buren.
Prosecutors accuse Shockley of shooting the state trooper to stop an investigation into an accident he was involved in that took Bayless' life.
Graham, a zone commander, worked out of the Troop G headquarters in Van Buren. Oregon County is also a member of Troop G. He was a native of Dexter, Mo. and had been a member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol since January 1993. His former in-laws are Oregon County residents who live near the Billmore community.
Shockley is being held without bond in the Cape Girardeau County Jail.