Kan. couple pleads not guilty in Mo. killing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Newly released court documents allege that a Kansas couple charged in a Missouri killing helped a co-defendant forge a legal document used to deny the victim life-sustaining medical treatment after he was shot.

The indictments against Desre Dory, 42, and his 43-year-old wife, Stacey, of Shawnee, Kan., were made public Monday after the couple was extradited to Boone County and pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and forgery. They are being held on $250,000 bond.

Their attorney, Jeffery Lee Hilbrenner, didn’t immediately return a phone call Tuesday from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The Dorys were arrested Sept. 7 in Johnson County, Kan., after grand jurors in Boone County returned indictments against them and the victim’s daughter, Kansas City law firm owner Susan Elizabeth Van Note. She has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and forgery.

Her father, 67-year-old accountant William Van Note, of Liberty, was shot in October 2010 along with his longtime partner, Sharon Dickson, 59, at their Lake of the Ozarks vacation home.

Dickson died at the home, but charges haven’t been filed in her killing. William Van Note, who also was stabbed, managed to call 911 and was flown to a Boone County hospital, where he died four days later. His estate remains in probate court in Clay County, according to court records.

The indictment in Susan Van Note’s case said a forged durable power of attorney for her father was presented to the hospital “with the purpose to defraud.” People can use a power of attorney to dictate whom they want making medical decisions for them in emergencies or if they are near death and unable to speak for themselves.

InkJet Inc.’s website lists Stacey Dory as a member of the company’s sales team. A human resources employee for InkJet has said she can’t comment.

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