SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A trial scheduled to begin next week for a Wisconsin man accused of murdering a Springfield woman at the request of the woman’s daughter has been continued at the request of attorneys for both the prosecution and defense.
Online court records show that both sides in the case filed a motion Tuesday to continue the trial, which was to begin with jury selection on Dec. 7. A pretrial conference originally set for Friday (Dec. 1, 2017) has now been moved to the 8:30 a.m. Dec. 7 slot.
Nicholas Godejohn is accused of first-degree murder in the June 2015 death of Dee Dee Blanchard at the home she shared with her daughter, Gypsy Blanchard.
Gypsy Blanchard pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder for her role in her mother’s death and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, the minimum sentence for 2nd degree murder under Missouri law.
ypsy Blanchard will have to serve at least 85% of her sentence before she is eligible for parole.
During the murder investigation, detectives uncovered Dee Dee had been able to convince people for years her daughter suffered from several conditions that made her wheel-chair bound.
These revelations had a significant impact on the plea agreement worked out between the prosecutor and Blanchard’s defense team.
Godejohn met Gypsy over the internet, detectives say, and Godejohn traveled to Missouri to carry out the murder.
Godejohn’s defense team plan to call a psychologist, to tesify about Godejohn’s autism spectrum disorder. The state disputes his mental disease interfered with his ability to deliberate about commiting murder.