After twice delaying the murder trail of a Sunset Hills man accused of killing his wife in 2015, a St. Louis County judge has set a new trial date.
The jury trial date for John K. McLaughlin, who was charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife Linda McLaughlin after her disappearance more than four years ago, has now been set for Nov. 18, 2019.
The trial was scheduled to start on May 28, 2019, in St. Louis County Circuit Court, but was delayed due to continued negotiations between prosecutors and John K. McLaughlin’s attorneys.
This is the second time the trial has been delayed. It was originally set for September 2018, but rescheduled because Scott Rosenblum, John K. McLaughlin’s attorney, asked for more time to gather evidence.
John K. McLaughlin has remained in the St. Louis County Jail on $2 million bond since being charged in April 2016 with his wife’s murder.
He was arrested after investigators found Linda McLaughlin’s body in a shallow grave in a secluded part of the Mark Twain National Forest in southwest Missouri nearly a year after she went missing from Sunset Hills on June 1, 2015. According to court documents, GPS technology revealed that John K. McLaughlin had driven to the forest and parked his truck roughly 20 yards from the precise location of where his wife’s body was found by authorities in April 2016. He was charged with murder the following day.