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Balbirnie Case Sent to Trial for Death of Khighla Parks

WARSAW, Mo. -- One of three people accused in the death of a Greene County teenager in 2012, is headed to trial for her murder.

WARSAW, Mo. -- One of three people accused in the death of a Greene County teenager in 2012, is headed to trial for her murder.

Anthony Balbirnie, 48, waived his preliminary hearing Thursday in Benton County.  The judge ordered him held over for trial.

The Missouri Attorney General's office is taking over the prosecution of the case.

Balbirnie is charged with murder in the 2nd degree, statutory rape, tampering with physical evidence, child molestation,  tampering with physical evidence.

Khighla Parks was 15 when she went missing on September 20, 2012.  She was last seen walking on the road near her home.

Her body was found in Truman Lake the following month.  It had been weighted down and DNA analysis confirmed it was Parks, according to the Greene County Sheriff's Office.

Balbirnie is due back in Benton County Circuit Court June 30.

Also charged in her death are Amy L. Hartley, 48, and Larry L. Warner, 40. 


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