Conviction in slayings is affirmed
The conviction of a man in the brutal double-murder of an elderly couple in their Raytown Bible store will stand, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
In a unanimous opinion, the state’s highest court reversed a lower court ruling that had ordered a new trial for Kellen C. McKinney, who was convicted of killing Mildred and John Caylor in October 2004.
“We’re glad this is a chapter we can end,” said Rick Caylor, the couple’s son. “We can now reflect all the positive things that Mom and Dad stood for.”
The couple’s murder during a botched robbery shocked Raytown, where the Caylors had owned the store for 43 years.
In 2009, an appeals court found that McKinney should not have been tried for attempted escape from jail at the same time he was tried for murder and armed criminal action.
During his appeals McKinney had argued that the trial judge had improperly included the attempted escape charge in the murder trial. The attempted escape, McKinney contended, occurred nine weeks after the killings and at a different location.
But in its ruling Wednesday the state Supreme Court found that the attempted escape charge was related closely enough to the other counts to have been tried at the same time.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jim Kanatzar said the court made the right decision.
“I’m extremely pleased with this ruling not just for this case, but for future cases as well,” Kanatzar said.
McKinney was sentenced to four life terms.