Police Have Possible Motive in Triple Homicide

7 years 10 months 1 week ago Wednesday, December 08 2010 Dec 8, 2010 Wednesday, December 08, 2010 8:17:14 AM CST December 08, 2010 in News

CAMDEN COUNTY - A suspect is in custody Monday at the Camden County jail for this weekend's triple homicide in Stoutland. Police also have a motive. Camden County Police arrested Morris A. McCabe of Lebanon in connection with the murders of Donald Young, Donald Myers and Sally Amos, all of Stoutland.

McCabe appeared in Camden County Court today for three counts of first degree murder and three counts of armed criminal action. Police said Morris' motive may be related to his ex-girlfriend's involvement with one of the victims, Donald Myers. The murder took place at the ex-girlfriend's home in Stoutland. She was not there at the time of the murders. Police said the other two victims were probably in the wrong place at the wrong time.

McCabe also has a criminal past. He got out of state prison last February for the 1979 murder of Larry Baker. Police said McCabe continuously threatened friend's, family and police officers after his February release. The Laclede county sheriff Richard Wrinkle said he's known McCabe since McCabe was a teenager. Wrinkle also worked on McCabe's 1979 murder case. He said he's not surprised if McCabe is responsible.

"He did his time. There was nothing more that the justice system could really do," Wrinkle said. "It's almost, knowing Morris and knowing his history, it was something almost inevitable."

McCabe will appear in court again Thursday to hear if he qualifies for a public defender. Police said his preliminary hearing will probably take place in about two months. Autopsy results aren't expected for three to four weeks.


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