The trial for a Marshall man suspected of a Pettis County murder has been pushed to 2019.

Noah A. Kelliker, 18, has been charged with second-degree murder, armed criminal action and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon in Pettis County Circuit Court for the Jan. 9 shooting death of Cassandra L. White, 21.

His attorney, Scott McGreevy, appeared in court Tuesday afternoon for what was scheduled to be a pretrial hearing for Kelliker’s August jury trial. Instead, Judge Robert Koffman approved a continuance filed by McGreevy earlier this month due to Kelliker being in the hospital.

Kelliker suffered from a medical condition June 30 and went in an ambulance from the Pettis County Jail to Bothwell Regional Health Center. A few days later, Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond told the Democrat that Kelliker had since been moved for further treatment at another hospital, where he was under guard. The sheriff did not specify Kelliker’s medical condition or which hospital he was taken to, citing privacy and security concerns.

McGreevy told the Democrat on Tuesday he is also unable to provide any information about Kelliker’s condition, or whether he remains hospitalized.

Online court records from Tuesday’s hearing state “defendant appears not (in hospital).”

A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 7, with trial set for Jan. 23-25.

Pettis County detectives took Kelliker into their custody Jan. 12 three days after White was found shot in her home at the Western View Estates Trailer Park, just north of Sedalia’s western city limits. They transferred him from the Oregon County Sheriff’s Office, who arrested him on a Saline County warrant.

An anonymous tip notified Oregon County authorities of Kelliker’s location, saying he “killed a girl, names Cassie in Sedalia, MO yesterday,” according to court documents. Sgt. Rich Matteson contacted the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office to alert detectives of the information.

The anonymous tip said Kelliker was staying at the Masters Ranch, which serves at-risk boys in southeast Missouri. Pettis County detectives drove to Oregon County after he was in custody and obtained a search warrant for his vehicle.

They found a 9mm pistol in his car with four gold and silver bullets missing from the magazine, according to court documents. Deputies had found four bullet holes and two bullet casings, one gold and one silver, at White’s trailer the night of the shooting. A receipt found in Kelliker’s vehicle showed he was in Sedalia two days before the incident.

Editor

Nicole Cooke is the editor for the Sedalia Democrat, overseeing all newsroom operations and assisting with news coverage of Sedalia and Pettis County. She can be reached at 660-530-0138 or on Twitter @NicoleRCooke.

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