Missouri Man Convicted in 3 Homicides
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.