LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The man accused of murdering two Lubbock State School employees will have his day in court.
Three and a half years ago Kay Harrelson and Peggy Merimon disappeared from work. A search party discovered Harrelson's body 13 days later in a field near Shallowater, and Merimon is still missing. The court set the trial for June 1st. Judge Jim Bob Darnell will hear the case in the 140th district court.
Deputies escorted Mickey Patterson back to Lubbock from Bend, Oregon after a Lubbock grand jury indicted him on two counts of murder. There are still a lot of questions surrounding what new evidence led to Patterson's arrest and what attorneys will present during trial.
Sources say Patterson took a polygraph test before any criminal charges were filed, but the results of his test cannot be confirmed. Results of a polygraph cannot be used as evidence in a criminal trial. Whether or not the test is mentioned during testimony is still in question.
NewsChannel 11 contacted the families and because a trial date has been set they were asked not to comment. Patterson's attorney filed a motion with the court asking for a speedy trial to take place before the end of March, but the court set the date for June 1st. This will be a jury trial. As of right now this trial will be in Lubbock County, there has not been a motion filed to have this case moved out of town.
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