The trial for a Nixa man accused of the murder and rape of a Christian County beauty queen in 1985 has been delayed until at least February.....and that date is subject to change.

Gerald Carnahan was scheduled to stand trial on July 27 for the murder of Jackie Johns of Nixa. After a motion hearing this afternoon (07-17-09) in St. Louis County, Circuit Judge Michael Jamison reset the trial for Feb. 16, 2010.
Jackie Johns (below)

Prosecutors say that the now 52 year-old Carnahan allegedly raped and murdered Jackie Johns on or about June 18, 1985. Johns', 20, was a part time waitress, and former homecoming queen. Her nude body was found four and a half days after her disappearance floating in Lake Springfield.

Witnesses claim to have seen Carnahan sitting in his truck behind the 7-11 in Nixa where the young woman was last seen alive. Carnahan admitted that he knew Johns, having once employed her, but told cops he was with his stepdaughter the night of Johns murder.
Dee Wampler (below)
Gerald Carnahan was always the chief suspect in Johns' homicide, but it wasn't until October of 2006, when Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper, Sgt.Daniel Nash, had "some time on his hands," and asked if he could look into cold cases.

The trooper received the go ahead and obtained a DNA profile in March 2007 from, Cody Wright, Jackie John's boyfriend at the time of her murder.....there was no match.

On August 8th, 2007, Sgt. Nash presented his case to a judge and asked for a warrant to obtain a DNA sample from Gerald Carnahan as there was no DNA profile either in CODIS, OR AFIS, for the man. The judge issued a warrant for a sample of Carnahan's DNA. Within twenty four hours of the buccal swab from the cheek of Carnahan there was a match between Carnahan's DNA profile and the vaginal swab that had so prudently been cared for by officers for twenty-two years.

Carnahan has been in lockup since being charged in August 2007 having been denied bond.
Defense attorney Dee Wampler says, " DNA testing and taking depositions in the case are the reason for the postponement." Greene County Prosecutor Darrell Moore did not oppose the postponement.
Darrell Moore (below)
The case has been moved on a change of venue to St. Louis County because of intense media coverage of the case and to impanel an impartial jury.


tamara said...

this is regards to jackie johns story My father was a prime suspect for awhile i remember the day it happened and what the cops told my mom and that was not the story they told her.