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Sentencing Set Today in 2011 Murder of Ava Teen

CLINTON, Mo. - Sentencing is set for this afternoon for a man who admitted to the 2011 slaying of a teenager from Ava.
CLINTON, Mo. - Sentencing is set for this afternoon for a man who admitted to the 2011 slaying of a teenager from Ava.

Christopher Jorgensen, 30, also of Ava, was to have been tried on a change of venue in Henry County, but entered a guilty plea in June, according to online court records.

He was charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and abandonment of a corpse in the beating and stabbing death of Kenny Stout, 17. The teen’s body was found early Dec. 11, 2011 in a wooded area near the Ava Country Club at 521 Route 1, just west of Ava.
 
According to court documents, Jorgensen allegedly killed Stout because of a dispute between Stout and a third man.

A probable cause statement says Stout was stabbed in the chest and severely beaten and left along a logging road near the country club.

The charges seeking a first degree murder conviction, claim Jorgensen beat Stout and left him in the woods between 4 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on December 13, and then returned about 11 p.m. to find Stout still alive, where he stabbed him several times, causing his death.

Sentencing is set for the courtroom of Henry County Circuit Judge James Kelso at 3 p.m. today.

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