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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Van Note formally arraigned, pleads 'not guilty'

  • The woman accused of killing her father and his girlfriend has pleaded not guilty.
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  • *Editor's Note: A previous version of this story failed to mention that charges against Desre and Stacy Dory were dropped. This story has been amended to reflect that change.
    The woman accused of killing her father and his girlfriend has pleaded not guilty. Susan Elizabeth "Liz" Van Note was arraigned on Friday, Oct. 11 weeks after an additional charge was filed against her. Camden County Prosecuting Attorney Brian Keedy charged Susan Elizabeth Van Note, 45, with two counts of first degree murder in the Oct. 2010 deaths of her father, William Van Note, and his longtime companion Sharon Dickson.
    Susan Van Note was originally charged with murder in Boone County in Sept. 2012 in the death of her father only. Prosecutors allege Susan Van Note had a power of attorney forged to remove her father from life support. William Van Note, 67, initially survived the shooting attack at his Sunrise Beach residence before being transported to a Columbia hospital where he was put on life support.
    The case transferred to Camden County Circuit Court last month, where Susan Van Note was charged with first degree murder and forgery in the death of her father, but in a surprise move, also with first degree murder in the death of Sharon Dickson, 59.
    No charges had been previously filed in Dickson's death. A longtime companion of William Van Note, Dickson died after being shot and stabbed in the same attack that eventually killed William Van Note.
    Two friends of Susan Van Note, Desre and Stacy Dory, were charged with forgery and second degree murder in Boone County in accordance with their alleged involvement in the forged power of attorney document. The charges have since been dropped.
    According to Prosecuting Attorney Keedy, a court date has yet to be scheduled for Susan Van Note.
    Lake News will post more details when they become available.

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