Man appears in court for 2011 Howard County murder

3 years 3 months 1 week ago Wednesday, July 15 2015 Jul 15, 2015 Wednesday, July 15, 2015 2:36:00 PM CDT July 15, 2015 in News
By: Katie Grunik, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

HOWARD COUNTY - A man appeared in court Wednesday in connection with the murder of his wife's former husband in 2011. 

Zack Jefferson, 35, of Excello, Mo., appeared in court on murder and armed criminal action charges in connection with the murder of Jon Spurling. The Howard County Sheriff's Office charged Jefferson in 2014

Spurling's parents found him dead in 2011 when they received a phone call that he was missing from work. Jefferson is married to Spurling's ex-wife. Court documents said Jefferson may have been jealous that his estranged wife still had feelings for Spurling.

A judge set his next court date for Aug. 19. Jefferson's trial is scheduled to begin in Jan. 2016.

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