Missouri Man Convicted in 3 Homicides

7 years 1 month 4 weeks ago Friday, September 21 2012 Sep 21, 2012 Friday, September 21, 2012 6:43:22 PM CDT September 21, 2012 in News
By: Associated Press

VERSAILLES - A third defendant is found guilty in a 2009 triple killing in southwest Missouri's Laclede County.

The Lebanon Daily Record reported 21-year-old Stephen Pyykola was convicted Friday of three counts of first-degree murder and other charges. He'll be sentenced Nov. 15 in Morgan County, where the trial took place on a change of venue.

Pyykola was one of four Springfield men charged with killing Jeffrey and Glenda Smith at a home in Phillipsburg and Zachary Porter of Elkland in October 2009.

The Smiths were the parents and Porter the boyfriend of Miranda Smith, an ex-girlfriend of defendant Joshua Reyes. Reyes and Smith had two children together.

Reyes and defendant Jacky Wong both pleaded guilty earlier. A fourth defendant, Benjamin Stidham, is awaiting trial.

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