New Evidence in 1997 Murder

| August 29, 2013
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A Kirksville man convicted in the 1997 death of Wendy Wagnon is now seeking a new trial as five separate medical examiners have come forward, putting in doubt the findings of the original medical examiner.

Jesse McKim’s attorney has asked for a new hearing in Cole County and a two day hearing has been scheduled.

Former Boone County Medical Examiner Jay Dix, who died in 2002 originally stated Wagnon died of “asphyxiation by undetermined method.” Prosecutors said that pointed to strangulation.

But five recently sworn testimonies by medical examiners states that Wagnon likely died of a meth overdose. Those testimonies have prompted a Cole County Judge to allow the new evidence to be heard.

Another man convicted in the Wagnon death, James Peavler, died while in prison three years ago.

McKim is currently incarcerated in the Jefferson City Correctional Center. His new hearings will be Thursday, August 29th and Friday the 30th at 9 a.m. each day.

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