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Jury Trial Set for Tony Friend, Charged in Porter Murders

MARSHFIELD, Mo. - A jury trial is scheduled for August of 2014 for Tony Lee Friend, charged with first degree murder, armed criminal action, and felonious restraint in the deaths of a Willard-area couple who disappeared in 2011 and whose skeletal remains were found in a wooded area of Taney County in 2012.
MARSHFIELD, Mo. - A jury trial is scheduled for August of 2014 for Tony Lee Friend, charged with first degree murder, armed criminal action, and felonious restraint in the deaths of a Willard-area couple who disappeared in 2011 and whose skeletal remains were found in a wooded area of Taney County in 2012.

Friend, 44, is one of four charged in connection with the deaths. He is to be tried before a jury selected from another county - either or Pettis County or Buchanan County -- according to online court records. The trial is set for Aug. 13, 2014 in courtroom of Circuit Judge Mark Orr. His next court appearance is set for Nov. 26 this year, also in Orr’s court.

Friend is charged in the April 2011 slayings of Rusty and Rebecca Porter of Willard.

The Porters were reported missing at that time from their home in Greene County. Then in July of 2012, skeletal remains of two people were found in a remote area near Protem, Missouri.  

Autopsies and forensic testing confirmed the bodies were those of the Porters. Both had been shot to death.

Also charged in the murders are Dusty Ray Hicks, Phillip Friend, Windy Friend, and Robert Campbell. They also were charged with first degree murder. In a plea agreement, Phillip Friend has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, but won’t be sentenced until after he testifies against the other suspects.
 
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