Teen Murder Suspect's Trial Moved to Poplar Bluff

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT) - A southeast Missouri teenager charged with first-degree murder will stand trial for the crime this summer in Poplar Bluff.  Marcus Bowers, 18, is charged with the September death of a Kelso man.

At a hearing in Butler County yesterday, Judge Mark Richardson acted on a change of venue request to move the trial from Scott County, setting a pre-trial conference for 10 a.m. in Poplar Bluff on July 22.  A trial date is set for August 20.

Bowers allegedly caused the death of Stan Hagan by slamming the man's head into a mobile home tie-down stake during an altercation that police say happened on Sept. 23, 2007.  Five days later, Hagan died of injuries related to the altercation.

Bowers wasn't arrested for the murder until January 3, after police initially reported Hagan's death as an accident.