VAN BUREN -- After four years, justice has not been served concerning the death of a Missouri State Trooper, who was killed in the driveway of his home in Van Buren.
On Sept. 22, 37th District Judge David Evans set a new trial date for Lance Shockley, 31, of Van Buren who is charged with murder and armed criminal action in the killing of Trooper Sgt. Dewayne Graham.
The trial is set for March 23, 2009, with jury selection to begin March 18. The trial will be held in West Plains.
Graham was the former son-in-law of Junior and Donna Roberts of Billmore.
The reason for the change in the trial date that was set for January is because Shockley has been appointed a new attorney.
Shockley is charged with killing Graham in March 2005 because of the troopers investigation into Shockley's alleged role in a fatal hit-and-run accident that killed a passenger in his truck, Jeffery Bayless. He was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident which he pled not guilty too.
Roberts, the victim's former father-in-law is not happy with the new trial date. He and his wife attended the hearing last week in West Plains.
"The judge did say the March trial date would be the final date. This has been ridiculous. After four years in any other felony type case it would have gone to trial a lot quicker," Roberts said. Shockley has been moved from jail to jail since he was first arrested, because he said he feared for how he was going to be treated at the facilities. He is now being jailed at the Howell County Jail in West Plains.