- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Community helps Jackson family with two cases of muscular dystrophy (9/19/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Eldorado Resorts to buy Isle of Capri Casinos (9/20/16)7
- Concealed-carry restrictions remain in Missouri despite new state law (9/18/16)22
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)6
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of beating a grandmother to death with baseball bat (9/18/16)
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
Deliberations delayed on penalty for Van Dam killer
SAN DIEGO -- Jury deliberations in the penalty phase of the trial of convicted child killer David Westerfield were suspended Wednesday due to a juror's illness.
Judge William Mudd said the jurors would resume their work Monday. The panel has deliberated about 14 hours over four days on whether to recommend the death penalty or life in prison for Westerfield.
Last month, the jury found Westerfield, 50, guilty of kidnapping and killing his 7-year-old neighbor, Danielle van Dam, in February.
The judge ruled out the option of replacing the sick juror with an alternate. The female juror has irritable bowel syndrome and her doctor recommended she stay in bed through Thursday.