Trial For Man Suspected In 1984 Murder Underway

The jury trial for Martin Priest who is charged with capitol murder for the death of 15 year old Tammy Rothganger in Eldon in 1984 is underway in Laclede County.

In their opening statement, the prosecution said Martin Priest had an accomplice in the murder of Rothganger and that man would testify in the trial. The defense said that witness was not credible.


Rothganger was last seen allegedly getting into a vehicle with Priest and another man the day she disappeared.


Her body has never been found.

The trial is being held in Laclede County on a change of venue from Miller County.

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