Two Pana men facing first degree murder charges in separate deaths appeared in Christian County Court Friday morning.
24-year-old Robert A. Stivers is charged with first degree murder in the death of his infant son in February 2016. The state and defense were asked to disclose their expert witnesses that would testify, along with their opinions and reports by Friday’s pre-trial. Because of complications, more time is needed for those to be disclosed. That has forced the jury trial to be pushed back for the second time in two months. The jury trial is now scheduled to start October 10th at 8:30 a.m. The trial is expected to last two weeks.
18-year-old Quinton L. Morrissey appeared for the first time since the murder charge was filed against him in the death of 59-year-old Stephen Presnell of Pana. The defense waived arraignment on the murder charge, and because of the new charge, Friday’s scheduled preliminary hearing has been pushed back until July 25th at 11 a.m.