A trial is set to begin today in Laclede County on a change of venue case from Camden County.
Steven Endsley is scheduled to go before a judge after eight delays over 5 years.
Endsley is charged with stabbing 27-year old Danielle Smith and her 61-year old mother Teresa Jackson, then burning down their mobile home in August 2016. Medical reports indicate that Smith was stabbed to death, her mother was strangled before their bodies were burned.
Reports filed with police indicate that Endsley disagreed with Smith’s lifestyle. Prosecutors argue that Endsley wanted to kill Smith because she was gay.