Steven Pyykola

Two Springfield teenagers charged in the October murders of three people in Laclede County made appearances in court today (03-01-10.)

Steven Pyykola, 18, was granted a change of venue for his first degree murder trial to Morgan County. Benjamin Stidham, 16, waived formal arraignment in Circuit Court. Stidham was certified as an adult to stand trial last December.

Benjamin Stidham

The two teens are alleged to have taken part in the shooting deaths of Jeff and Glenda Smith in Phillipsburg, and Zack Porter in Lebanon on October 11, 2009, with Joshua A. Reyes and Jacky Wong.




Jeff and Glenda Smith

The Smith's were the parents of Miranda Smith, who is the mother of Reyes' two children.

Prosecutors allege that Reyes was upset because Miranda Smith had recently started dating Porter.





Zack Porter

At the time of the murders, Laclede County Sheriff Richard Wrinkle said the motive was robbery and, "Jealousy......she took everything he loved away from him (Reyes), so he was going to take everything she loved away from her."

Josh Reyes is scheduled to appear in court on March 8th on a change of venue motion.

Jacky Wong's trial is tentatively scheduled to begin on July 12th in Laclede County.

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