Casey Anders to get new judge
On Monday, Nevada attorney Nicholas Swisher, filed for Missouri's Supreme Court to appoint a new judge to hear the case of Casey G. Anders, from Walker, charged in last May's death of Brendan Moreland at the Cozy Court apartments.
The 33-year-old Anders was charged with voluntary manslaughter, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm in addition to, in a separate case, felony charges for intent to produce and distribute a controlled substance.
On Dec. 30, David Munton, newly elected presiding judge of the 28th judicial circuit was formally assigned as judge of Anders' case.
On Tuesday, the defendant, who is in custody, appeared before Munton and the judge quickly, granted the motion.
In a Nov. 8 hearing, Swischer relayed Anders' response to an October plea offer from the prosecutor's office.
Addressing then Judge James Bickel, Swischer, speaking on behalf of his client said, "Yes, we have received the plea offer from the prosecutor's office and have reviewed it together. Your honor, my client is hoping for something better but in the meantime, we would ask for more time to review this."
In response, Bickel set the Jan. 10 hearing.
On Tuesday, May 24, Nevada Police officers responded to the 800 block of East Ashland about 10:30 on a report of shots fired. Officers found 28-year-old Brendon Moreland lying in the apartment parking lot with several gunshot wounds. Moreland was taken to the Nevada Regional Medical Center by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead. The Southwest Missouri Major Case Squad was activated and 25 investigators responded.
Interviews led to the recovery of evidence, identification of a person of interest and an area wide search, which led investigators to an apartment located in Walker.
Overnight, a search warrant was obtained and members of the Vernon County Special Response Team and Southwest Missouri Major Case Squad searched the apartment and surrounding area, which led to the recovery of what the Nevada Police Department termed valuable evidence.
Meanwhile, as Vernon County Sheriff's personnel patrolled the Walker area, they received a citizen tip, which led to an arrest of then Anders, who was out on parole for controlled substance charges.