The trial for Vicente Roldan-Marron, accused of stabbing his wife Yadira Gomez to death in January 2017 in their Independence apartment, has been rescheduled for May 29.
Roldan-Marron, 48, who is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action, had been scheduled to go on trial April 23. According to court documents, two of the couple's children told teachers at school about a day after it happened. Roldan-Marron, who had driven the children to school, told police he had “blacked out” due to pills and alcohol and doesn't remember killing Gomez but that he probably did it because nobody else was in the apartment.
• The trial for Donald Nussbaum, one of four defendants charged in the accidental near-fatal shooting of Independence Police Officer Tom Wagstaff, has been rescheduled for Dec. 10. Nussbaum – charged with robbery, burglary, kidnapping and armed criminal action in the March 2017 home invasion then resulted in Wagstaff being accidentally shot – had been scheduled to be the first defendant to go on trial on April 9.
The other three defendants – Joseph Wyatt, James McChan and Ronar Santiago-Torres – are scheduled to go on trial June 11, June 25 and July 9, respectively.
In other court cases of note:
• John Seger, charged in the July 2013 stabbing death of Corey Laykovich, had been scheduled to go on trial March 26. That has been rescheduled for Aug. 10.
• Stephen Lundemo of Independence, who led police on two consecutive chases in Eastern Jackson County in stolen vehicles on a December 2016 morning before being captured in Independence, pleaded guilty Jan. 29 to multiple charges and was sentenced March 23 to seven years in prison. In all, Lundemo pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and robbery, assault of a law enforcement officer, tampering with a motor vehicle and two counts of resisting arrest, with all charges running concurrent.
• Whitley Evenson, 20, accused of killing her infant son in September 2015 in Independence, had her trial rescheduled from June 4 to Aug. 20
• Cory King, 28, accused of killing Louis Dickey in her Independence home in March 2016, is scheduled to go on trial June 11. He is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.
• Travon Williams, 22, accused of killing Jacobson Laumoli after an October 2016 party in Independence, had his trial rescheduled from April 30 to Oct. 1.