August 19, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster announced today that he is personally assisting in the trial of a Laclede County man charged with the murder of an elderly couple. Koster said he is assisting Laclede County Prosecuting Attorney Jon Morris and Assistant Attorney General Kevin Zoellner.
The defendant, Jesse Dean Driskill, is accused of murdering Johnnie and Colleen Wilson in their Marigold Road home in Laclede County in July 2010. The prosecution is seeking the death penalty for each of the two counts of first degree murder. Driskill is also charged with first degree burglary, forcible rape and sodomy, as well as multiple counts of armed criminal action, in connection with the events leading to the murders.
"The Attorney General's Office plays an important public safety role by assisting in capital murder prosecutions," Koster said. "Getting back into the courtroom from time to time helps me to be a better Attorney General." Koster previously served as Cass County prosecutor for ten years. In 2010, he participated in the Jackson County prosecution of Joseph Jones who was convicted for first degree murder.
The trial is scheduled to begin today in the courtroom of Laclede County Presiding Judge Kenneth Hayden in Lebanon. The jury was selected last week in Franklin County. Jurors are sequestered in Laclede County for the duration of the trial, which is expected to last most of the week.