With Laurin's suicide, all three witnesses against the other accused killer, Darren Winans, 23, Jasper, are dead.
As noted this morning, in The Turner Report, Teresa Adkins, 43, Springfield, who testified against Winans at his preliminary hearing last year, died June 1:
From the Joplin Globe coverage of the preliminary hearing:
Teresa Adkins told the court at Winans’ preliminary hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin that her 16-year-old daughter, Amanda Adkins, who dated Winans for a few months about the time of the slayings last year, was the first to let her know.
Amanda later brought Winans to her mother to tell her in person, Teresa Adkins testified.
“I think she made him tell me, I’m pretty sure,” Adkins said of her daughter who died earlier this year of a drug overdose.
She said the conversation with Winans took place close to Christmas at her home in Springfield. She said that Winans told her that he and Laurin had “killed two people and their dog. For drugs.”
Teresa Adkins' daughter, Amanda, the other witness against Winans, was murdered in April 2009, according to authorities. The Crime Scene Blog reported :
A Christian County man already doing time in prison has been charged with second degree murder in connection with the overdose death of his girlfriend.
When 20-year-old Bret Turner of Nixa was arrested, he was originally charged with distribution of a controlled substance in 16-year-old Amanda Adkins' death. But prosecutors allege that he stole his mom's prescription
morphine and gave it to Adkins. Final toxicology results show that Adkins died of an overdose of morphine, but had other drugs in her system, as well.
A press conference has been scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Jasper County Jail.