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Anthony Balbirnie

Anthony Balbirnie

Booneville, Mo. — After a series of filings before Cooper County Circuit Court Judge Donald Lloyd Barnes this week, a motion hearing is set for April 6 at 9 a.m. in the high profile case of Anthony J. Balbirnie, accused of the second degree murder of 15-year-old Khighla Parks of Willard, who he is accused of luring to her death at a drug and sex party in September 2012.
Balbirnie’s trial date is set for 8 a.m. June 20 before Judge Barnes. Eight days have been set aside for the trial.
The case is being prosecuted by the Missouri Attorney General’s office, who took over the case from the Benton County Prosecutor back in October 2013, just as he was scheduled to go to trial for dumping Khighla’s body in Truman Lake; Khighla’s body was found in the lake on Sept. 30, 2012.
Altogether, Balbirnie is charged with second degree felony murder, second degree statutory rape, second degree child molestation, first degree endangering the welfare of a child, felony, tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution, and felony abandonment of a corpse.
To view the criminal complaint for those charges, click HERE
To view the probable cause statement, click HERE.
Khighla Parks

Khighla Parks

Balbirnie is accused of engaging in asphyxiation sex with the teen which resulted in her death.
Balbirnie is currently incarcerated in state prison, where he was returned after his parole violation. He was originally sentenced on drug charges.
He is accused of luring Khighla to her death by contacting the juvenile on Facebook. Two other accomplices — Amy Hartley and Larry Warner, who both have pleaded guilty to reduced charges — are now in jail They are expected to be witnesses in the case against Balbirnie.
Missouri Assistant Attorney General Darrell Lee Moore of Springfield and Asst. Attorney General Joshua David Harrel of Springfield along with Asst. Attorney General Gregory Michael Goodwin of Sedalia are prosecuting the case.
Balbirnie is represented by public defender Jill Porter of Bolivar, along with Dwayne Porter of Bolivar and Paul Davolt of Sedalia.
C.L.

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