After a long period of inactivity, a Nov. 1 pretrial conference date has finally been set in Jasper County Circuit Court in the wrongful death lawsuits filed by Betty Dodson, and Amy and Michael Mann against the drunk driver who killed their loved ones.
Meerwald is serving a 14-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter. He was driving drunk when his car left the roadway and killed James Dodson, 68, Neosho, and Dodson's granddaughter, Jessica Mann, 8, of Joplin. Mr. Dodson's widow and Miss Mann's parents filed the lawsuit.
Meerwald is scheduled to be in McDonald County Circuit Court for an Oct. 4 hearing on the appeal of his conviction.