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Court Dates Set for Suspects in 2004 Murder

CAMDENTON, Mo. -- New court dates are set for two people charged in connection with a murder nearly a decade ago.
CAMDENTON, Mo. - A Laurie, Mo., man waived his preliminary hearing on Wednesday in Camden County Circuit Court on a charge of evidence tampering in the death of a Camdenton man nearly a decade ago.

Jason Rector is charged with tampering with evidence in a felon prosecution. He allegedly disposed of documents considered by officials to be incriminating in the case against his wife Clara Jean Rector.  He will be arraigned in circuit court October 11.

She has pleaded not guilty and will face a jury for first-degree murder, beginning March 31 in Camden County, accused of the April 28. 2004, stabbing death of Tommy D. Hope, 40.

Hope died of multiple stab wounds, and Rector was a suspect in case, but investigators were unable to make an arrest with the evidence available at that time.

In April, while jailed on unrelated stalking charges, Clara Rector of Laurie was questioned in relation to the Hope homicide. During questioning, Sheriff Dwight Franklin says Clara admitted she stabbed Hope

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