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.