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  • Attorney: David K. Love to plead not guilty

  • David K. Love, a former pastor in Independence who is accused of murder, has secured a public defender.

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  • David K. Love, a former pastor in Independence who is accused of murder, has secured a public defender.
    Molly Hastings, a veteran public defender, will be Love’s attorney. She works out of Kansas City.
    Hastings told The Examiner on Thursday that she got the case last week.
    Hastings said that she has received limited information so far on the case. She has talked to Love but could not elaborate on the discussions because discussions between attorney and client are confidential.
    She said she will file a request for discovery on Jan. 10, the scheduled arraignment hearing for Love. That day is the earliest she can file the request that forces the Jackson County prosecutor to hand over details of the investigation that have not been publicly released.
    “A week after that (Jan.10) we should be getting a lot of information,” Hastings said.
    She said Love is expected to plead not guilty.
    Love has appeared in Jackson County Circuit Court twice since his arrest in South Carolina in early November. He was living in South Carolina and working at a trucking company at the time of his arrest. A judge rescheduled the arraignment hearings both times because Love did not have legal representation.
    A grand jury indicted Love on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Randy Stone, an insurance agent and former church member of New Hope Baptist Church in Independence where Love was the pastor.
    The indictment was classified as a “closed indictment,” meaning no documents other than the list of charges were released.
    Factors required to qualify for a public defender are based on a defendant’s income level and incarceration, among other criteria, Hastings said.
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