Media Policy

The right of a criminal defendant to receive a fair trial and the right of the press to publish information about a defendant or criminal act are both guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Both are valuable and important rights. These two safeguards, however, can conflict when pretrial publicity has the potential to prejudice a potential jury pool, and ultimately deprive a defendant, a victim or the people of a fair and just trial. Read More »

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It is important for you to know how crime is being prosecuted in Greene County. These press releases concern issues relevant to our community. If you have any questions about a release or a topic not covered in a release, please contact Rhonda Ogden, our office manager.

Latest News


  • Charges Filed in Murders of Jan and Gary Tyrrell

    08/15/14 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announces that Mark E. Porter, 53, of Ozark, Missouri, has been charged today with two counts of murder in the first degree for killing Jan and Gary Tyrrell.     read more »

  • REPEAT OFFENDER FOUND GUILTY OF DOMESTIC ASSAULT

    08/14/14 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announces that Martin J. Sykes Jr, 43, of Springfield, MO was convicted today by a Greene County Jury of domestic assault.     read more »

  • FOSTER FATHER FOUND GUILTY OF SEXUALLY ABUSING CHILDREN

    08/13/14 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announces that Mark D. Obrien, 42, of Republic, MO was convicted today by a Greene County judge of statutory sodomy in the first degree,     read more »

  • Man Convicted of Domestic Assault Despite Attempts to Tamper with Victim

    08/08/14 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announces that Felix Mcgrundy Seals, 31, of Springfield, Missouri was convicted yesterday evening by a Greene County Jury of domestic assault in the second degree, domestic assault in the third degree and one count of an attempt to tamper with a victim.     read more »

  • DEPUTIES AND OFFICERS JUSTIFIED IN USE OF DEADLY FORCE

    08/05/14 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Dan Patterson, Greene County Prosecuting Attorney, announced today his finding that Greene County Sergeant Robert Pounds, Greene County Deputy Justin Adamson, Springfield Police Officer Marc Stevens, and Springfield Police Officer Jason Bohannon's use of deadly force on May 13, 2014, in shooting Tracey Lynn Liniger was legally justified.     read more »

  • JURY CONVICTS MAN OF DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED

    07/31/14 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announces that Steven R. Souter, 65, of Springfield, Missouri, was convicted yesterday by a Greene County Jury of driving while intoxicated.     read more »

  • Curtis Payne's Killers Apprehended and Charged

    07/30/14 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announces that Tyler Allen Keithley, 19; Jeremiah Devaliti, 18; and Kearstain Sleeth, 23; have been charged today with murder in the second degree, armed criminal action, and burglary in the first degree.     read more »

  • MAN CHARGED FOR KILLING JESSICA CONNER

    07/16/14 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announces that Lorenzo D. Roy, 50, of Springfield, Missouri, has been charged today with murder in the first degree and armed criminal action.     read more »

  • TEEN FOUND GUILTY OF KILLING FRIEND IN HILLTOPPING

    07/11/14 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announces that Matthew R. Hogue, 21, of Springfield, MO was convicted yesterday by a Greene County Jury of involuntary manslaughter for hilltopping out in the country on Farm Road 132.     read more »

  • OFFICER'S UNINTENTIONAL USE OF DEADLY FORCE NOT JUSTIFIED

    07/10/14 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announces that the unintentional use of deadly force by Springfield Police Officer Jason Shuck during his foot pursuit of an unarmed fleeing felon on May 9, 2014, near the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Glenstone Avenue was not a justifiable use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer.     read more »