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Page Last Update: 07/29/2010 10:42 AM

Mom & Dad, May You Rest In Peace!

John and Mildred Caylor were killed in their Caylor's Raytown Bible & Music Store on Oct. 20th, 2004, in what police are calling a Robbery gone bad.

John was 79 and Mildred was 76 and had been married for 55 years and had run the Bible Store for 44 years.

The Caylor family would like to Thank everyone who has expressed their concerns and sympathy.

On Nov. 4th, Kellen McKinney was arrested based on DNA evidence and charged with 2 counts of First Degree Murder and 2 counts of Armed Criminal Action.

Thank you to all of our friends for your support.

Justice Has Been Served!

A review of the steps leading up to the trial is listed below.


Nov. 4th, 2004 - There has been one arrest made, but there is the possibility that there are other suspects involved. The Caylor Reward Fund in association with the TIPS Hotline (816-474-TIPS) is at $6,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved with this double Homicide.

A trial date of June 12th, 2006 had been set for Kellen McKinney in Jackson County, Missouri. On June 13th, the trial was postponed as the defense attorney doctor and the State appointed doctor determined that McKinney was not mentally competent to go to trial. McKinney has been sent to a mental facility for 6 months and will be re-evaluated at that time to determine if he will go to trial.

A competency hearing was held on Feb. 9th, 2007 and the Judge had determined that Kellen McKinney was competent to stand trial. A trial date had been scheduled for August 20th, 2007.

The trial has once again been rescheduled for December 3rd, 2007. The defense has stated that Kellen McKinney would like to plead Guilty by reason of insanity. The court has ordered a 30 day evaluation to determine if McKinney is insane. The state has said that they will fight this plea.

The December 3rd date for a trial has once again been postponed. A 2nd competency hearing has now been set for Wednesday, Dec. 5th at 9:00am at the Jackson County Courthouse, Division 16, 2nd floor. We ask for your prayers for the court to find Kellen McKinney Sane and order him to stand trial for the crimes he has committed and to not allow for any more delays in getting justice.

We have now had the 2nd competency hearing on December 5th, 2007 and the Judge has ruled that Kellen McKinney is SANE and ordered, once again to stand trial for 2 Counts of First Degree Murder and 2 Counts of Armed Criminal Action. All motions to Suppress, must be made by December 24th, 2007 and a Public Hearing on those motions will be held on January 2nd, 2008. All expert reports on McKinney's condition must by presented to the court by January 11th, 2008.

The new trial date has been set for Feb. 25th, 2008.

The January 2nd Public Hearing on motions to suppress has been changed to January 4th at 1:00pm CT in Division 16 at the Jackson County Courthouse in Independence, MO.

The January 4th Public Hearing for suppression of evidence has been held. The Defense tried to suppress the Video Taped Interrogations that were held at the Raytown Police department on Nov. 4th and 5th of 2004. After arguments were made by the Prosecution and Defense, the Judge, OVERRULED and said that the evidence Can be Used in the Trial. This is one more small victory on the way to justice.

We had another Public hearing on Feb. 6th, 2008. The defense was trying to get one of McKinney's attempted escape charges to be heard at a separate time, than the murder trial and the Judge over ruled. So that evidence can be used in the murder trial. The defense had also entered a motion asking for a continuance of another 6 months, so they could bring in experts to argue that the crime scene evidence has been contaminated and also that McKinney wanted a new public defender. After presenting their evidence, McKinney decided that he would drop his request for a continuance. The Judge stated that he had already continued this case two times and has allowed the defense plenty of time.

Pre Trial meetings between the Defense and Prosecutor were held on the week of Feb. 17th, 2008.

Jury selection is scheduled for Feb. 26th, 2008 from a pool of 75 potential jurors and the Trial is scheduled to start on Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 2008.

Feb. 29th, 2008 - We got a Guilty verdict on all counts against Kellen McKinney for robbing and killing our parents.
2 counts of 1st degree murder, 2 counts of
aggravated robbery and 1 count of attempted escape.

March 27th, 2008, Kellen McKinney was sentenced to 2 Life Sentences without Parole for 1st Degree Murder. 2 Life sentences for Aggravated Robbery and 4 Years for Attempted Escape. All Sentences to be Consecutive.

Oct. 27th, 2009, The MO Western District Appeals Court has thrown out the Original convictions and ordered a new trial based on that the charge of attempted escape, should not had been tried at the same time as the other charges. The Jackson County prosecutors office will appeal this decision back to the MO Western District Court.

Feb. 2nd, 2010 - Just got an e-mail from the Jackson County Missouri's Prosecutors Office today and after the Missouri Western District Appeals Court refused to rehear their over turning of the Guilty Verdict in the Murder Trial for Kellen McKinney who killed John and Mildred Caylor, the Missouri State Supreme Court has agreed to accept the transfer of the case.  It will likely not be argued until sometime in April or May, but at least this is a bit of good news.

The best thing that could happen is that the original guilty verdict will be upheld and some new law could be established by this new hearing, that would allow the prosecutors the right to combine trials, when the charges are related.  There were already precedent's in place for this to happen, but the laws were still not clear to the panel of 3 judges on the MO Western District Appeals Court that made the original decision to overturn the first guilty verdicts.

May 10th, 2010. The Missouri Supreme Court hearing is now set for May 18th, 2010.

We are ready to accept what ever the courts decide, but would prefer not to go through another court trial.

May 18th, 2010: After attending the Missouri Supreme Appeals Court hearing, I left with the feeling that the 7 Judges would uphold the original Guilty Verdicts from the Lower Court.

June 29th, 2010: The Missouri Supreme Court released their opinion to the public and the Supreme Justices Unanimously Affirmed the Trial Courts Original Verdicts.

God will be the ultimate Judge in the end and we are all only going to be on Earth for a short amount of time.  So let's Enjoy every bit of it while we can.

Thanks to all for the continued support.

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