Jury selection in the murder trial for the man accused of killing and dismembering Summer Shipp in 2004 continued late into the afternoon Monday in Division 17 at the Eastern Jackson County Courthouse in Independence.
Jeffrey Sauerbry, 43, is accused of first-degree murder in the death of the 55-year-old Shipp, who disappeared in December 2004 from a northwest Independence neighborhood where she was conducting work as a door-to-door researcher.
Fishermen found her remains three years later in October 2007 in the Little Blue River near Missouri highways 78 and 7.
Sauerbry already is in prison for an unrelated case. He was convicted of first-degree murder in 2012 for the stabbing death 14 years earlier of Independence man William Kellett, a security guard at a local car dealership where both men worked.
After that conviction, prosecutors promptly unsealed the first-degree murder charge in the Shipp case. Sauerbry lived with his mother in the neighborhood where Shipp went missing and had long been considered a person of interest in the case.
According to court documents, Sauerbry confessed to an acquaintance that he killed Shipp because he thought she was a government spy. During the confession, he went into detail about how he killed Shipp and disposed of her body.