Springfield woman to stand trial for mother's death

2 years 8 months 4 weeks ago Saturday, July 25 2015 Jul 25, 2015 Saturday, July 25, 2015 9:24:00 AM CDT July 25, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A judge found probable cause for a 23-year-old Missouri woman accused of arranging her mother's killing to stand trial.

Gypsy Blanchard has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the June 14 stabbing death of 48-year-old Clauddinnea "Dee Dee" Blanchard at their home near Springfield.

Prosecutors alleged Blanchard persuaded her 26-year-old Wisconsin boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, to kill her mother. Godejohn also has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges.

The Springfield News-Leader reported Blanchard cried during the hearing Friday in Greene County in which photos were shown of the crime scene and a sheriff's deputy described finding her mother, who had been stabbed several times.

Defense lawyer Michael Stanfield lost an effort to keep social media postings from being accepted as evidence.

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