|Christopher Andy Jorgensen allegedly stabbed and beat Stout to death (mug shot DCSO)|
A Douglas County man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action for his part in a 2011 murder.
Attorney Stuart Huffman says Christopher Jorgensen, of Ava, entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors that will cap his prison sentence to twenty years.
Prosecutors say Jorgensen and Nathan Jensen lured Kenny Stout to a convenience store in Ava and then took him to a wooded area near the Ava County Club and stabbed and beat the 17 year-old to death.
|Kenny Stout' facebook photo)|
According to court documents, Stout's mother and a friend of Stout's, Shon Gossett, contacted authorities in Douglas County on December 14, 2011, to report the teen missing. They told authorities that the last communication from the teen was a text message sent about 4 p.m. the day before saying he was going to meet Jensen at Casey's convenience store in Ava. The message stated, "I am with Mace now."
Nathan "Mace" Jensen told investigators that he and Jorgensen met Stout for a "drug deal" and Jorgensen was upset because he was giving Jensen a hard time.
Authorities say Jorgensen took Stout to a wooded area off County Road 500 sometime during the afternoon or early evening the day he went missing, beat him and left him there clinging to life.
|Nathan "Mace" Jensen has been charged with murder (mug shot DCSO)|
When authorities questioned Jenson at Jorgensen's residence on December 14th he told them that he did not know Stout. Investigators obtained cell phone records for Kenny Stout and Jensen and found numerous calls and texts between the two the day the teen went missing.
In the early morning hours of December 14th Jensen went to the Texas County Sheriff's Office after Jorgensen allegedly tried to shoot him He told authorities he had information about "a homicide that had occurred in Douglas County."
Jensen told investigators that after they (police) left Jorgensen's residence after inquiring about the whereabouts of Stout, he and Jorgensen drove back out to where Kenny lay dying and Jorgensen walked into the brush with a knife. "After the cop left Chris stated they need to drive back out there and make sure. Jensen drove his car and pulled in on the road and parked and Chris exited the car and walked up to where Kenny's body was at and Jensen stated he could see Chris bend down. Jensen stated Chris came back and wiped a large knife off in the grass and got back in the car with the knife and wiped his hands on his shirt. He told Jensen it was taken care of."
Jensen told detectives that at about 9:00 p.m. on December 13th he and Jorgensen had driven to a dirt road near the Ava Country Club and Jorgensen and had walked into the woods. Jenson told cops that about fifteen minutes later Jorgensen came back, "wiping his hands." Jensen told authorities that Jorgensen had a brown handled knife with him when he exited the woods.
They then proceeded to a residence north of Cabool to "reportedly burn some of Chris' clothes that he had worn when he killed Kenny Stout." Jensen told investigators that while they were at the house Jorgensen asked him to bend over and use the light on his cell phone to illuminate a lock that he needed to open."
Jensen told investigators Jorgensen then placed a gun against his head and attempted to fire it twice, but the gun misfired. As Jensen ran from the scene, Jorgensen fired another shot at him, but missed.
In the early morning hours of December 14th Jensen led authorities to an old logging road near County Road 500 where they found Stout dead. He had been stabbed seven times in the back, once in the chest and his throat had been slit. There was also blunt force trauma to his head and his face was swollen from being beaten.
Jorgensen is scheduled to be sentenced in November in Henry County.
Jensen's trial is scheduled to begin in November in Pulaski County where it was moved on a change of venue.
Jorgensen was sentenced to two concurrent 20 year prison sentences for his involvement in the 2011 murder of Kenny Stout.
The second-degree murder conviction and armed criminal action conviction will be served at the same time.