The trial of a man accused of taking part in the 2012 murder of a Highlandville man will now be heard by Stone County Judge Alan Blankenship instead of a jury.
First-degree murder charges were amended to second-degree murder at a motion hearing for Euguene Crider last week.
Crider is one of three people prosecutor's charged in the murder of Carl Anderson. Anderson went missing from the home of Teri Dean-Morrison in February. Morrison told authorities that she dropped Anderson off at his mother's house. Relatives of the man say they never saw him again after he left to go work on Dean-Morrison's home near Hootentown.
Authorities found Anderson's remains in a pond about a month later on property belonging to a former boyfriend and employer of Dean-Morrison's.
Cheryl Crawford pleaded guilty last year to amended charges of tampering with physical evidence for her part in Anderson's death. She was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Crider's attorney Frank Yankoviz had asked for a change of venue and the trial was moved to Newton County. However, at last week's motion hearing both sides agreed to let Blankenship hear the case in Stone County.
Crider's trial is scheduled to begin on March 19th.