Murder trial for Danielle Smith and Teresa Jackson delayed for the seventh time

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CAMDENTON, Mo. – The trial date for a Camdenton man accused of double murder for the deaths of a woman and her mother in 2016 has been postponed again to mid-2020 over the objections of the Camden County prosecutor.

Steven Ray Endsley, 57, is charged with murder, armed criminal action, burglary, and arson in the deaths of Danielle M. Smith, 27, and her mother, Teresa A. Jackson, 61.

According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, Endsley and Smith had an ongoing disagreement regarding Smith’s identification as a lesbian. The release said the FBI was working with Camden County to see if the murders were part of a hate crime in connection with Endley’s disagreement.

Their remains were found in the burned-out hull of the mobile home they lived in at a trailer park in Camden County on Aug. 29, 2016.

The Camden County Sheriff’s Office said in 2016 that their bodies were found in their mobile home by firefighters battling a blaze at the trailer park.

According to the probable cause statement, Endsley was Danielle’s next-door neighbor. He and Danielle would fight frequently and on one occasion Endsley allegedly showed a firearm while at Teresa and Danielle’s property.

The probable cause also says after an autopsy showed Danielle was stabbed five times and Teresa was stabbed two times. Both died prior to the fire. The Missouri State Fire Marshall’s say there were two pours of accelerant that fueled the fire. one pour near where each victim was found.

On Tuesday (9/19/19), Endsley’s attorney’s requested a continuance of the trial set for that day. Prosecutors objected, but Judge Kenneth Hayden ruled in the defendant’s favor and reset the trial for June 8, 2020. A pretrial conference is set for May 4, 2020, according to online court records.

Tuesday’s trial delay is the seventh in the case.

Endsley is charged with two counts of the 1st-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action, one count of the 1st-degree burglary, and one count of 2nd-degree arson.

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