APRIL 12, 2005 - Posted at 2:40 p.m. CDT
VAN BUREN, MO - The man charged with gunning down a Highway Patrol trooper in southeast Missouri was in a Carter County courtroom in Van Buren this morning.
Lance Shockley is facing first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Sergeant Dewayne Graham outside his home.
He applied for a public defender this morning. Troopers say Shockley was being investigated for his involvement in a fatal crash last year before Graham's slaying.
He'll be back in court on May 10.