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Stoddard County man accused of murder granted a change of venue

Aug 21, 2013 -- 4:00pm

A Stoddard County man’s case has been moved to a different county. 29 year-old Matthew Brandon Cook was granted a change of venue for his trial from Stoddard to Dunklin County for his alleged role in a February killing of Sean Crow at a McDonald's in Advance. Cook and co-defendant 46 year-old Glen Scott Evans, are charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree robbery and two counts of felony armed criminal action. Judge Robert Mayer approved Cook’s request for a change and Judge Fred Copeland of Dunklin County was appointed by the court. His case will be heard in his home court in Kennett. Cook also will be transferred to the Dunklin County Jail, where he will remain for the duration of the trial. Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver announced his intention to seek the death penalty against Cook in March. Evans' case early this month was moved to Cape Girardeau County and will be heard by Judge William Syler. Evans is accused of driving Cook to McDonalds. When they arrived, Cook allegedly walked up to the window of Crow's pickup truck and shot him in the head. He is scheduled to appear Sept. 16th   for a case review. Cook has no court date set up as of yet.

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