SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A brief hearing held in Greene County Circuit Court Thursday morning, sets a new trial date for accused murderer Nicholas Godejohn, who charged with the murder of Dee Dee Blanchard.
The trial was to have begun next week (December 11), but is now delayed until November, 2018.
Prosecution and defense attorneys agreed to begin jury selection from a pool in Greene County the week of November 8, 2108, and the trial itself would begin November 13. They expect the trial to last 3 to 4 days, according to comments made in court Thursday.
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.
In July, 2016, 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.
Godejohn met Gypsy over the internet, detectives say, and Godejohn traveled to Missouri to carry out the murder in June, 2015.
Gypsy 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.
10 years is the minimum sentence for 2nd degree murder under Missouri law. As a class A felony, it carries a 10-30 year sentence.
Godejohn’s defense team plan to call a psychologist, to testify about Godejohn’s autism spectrum disorder. The state disputes his mental disease interfered with his ability to deliberate about commiting murder.