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Suspect Pleads Not Guilty to 2004 Homicide in Camden County

CAMDENTON, Mo. -- A woman from Laurie, Mo., accused of first-degree murder in a nearly decade-old case pleaded not guilty to the charge at her arraignment Monday at the Camden County Courthouse.
CAMDENTON, Mo. -- A woman from Laurie, Mo., accused of first-degree murder in a nearly decade-old case pleaded not guilty to the charge at her arraignment Monday at the Camden County Courthouse.

Clara Jean Rector, 37, is charged in the stabbing death of Tommy D. Hope, 48, of Camdenton on April 28, 2004.

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 incarcerated 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. 

Her husband, Jason Rector, is charged in connection with evidence tampering. He is to appear for a preliminary hearing Sept. 4

Clara Rector's trial will be set at a later date. 

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