By Stephen Wagner
Local attorney Susan "Liz" Van Note, charged in 2012 with two counts of first degree murder of her father and his longtime companion, surrendered herself to the Camden County Sheriff’s Jail on December 17th.
The Camden County MO Sherriff stated in a press release that Ms. Van Note was being held on $250,000 cash bond for the original two charges of Murder in the 1st Degree.
Ms. Van Note was originally charged in Boone County on one charge of first degree murder and forgery, and was then released on $1,000,000 bond.
Those charges were dismissed when she was indicted in Camden County on two counts of first degree murder and was released on $250,000 cash bond.
Ms. Van Note petitioned for a change of venue and proceedings were moved north to Clay County.
While preparing for a defense on the charges of murder, Ms. Van Note has also been defending charges in Probate Court. Ms. Van Note was originally in control of her father’s estate, but was removed after the criminal charges were filed.
In November of 2012 the Successor Executor to her father’s estate, Michael Dreiling, Jr. filed a petition for the return of monies to the estate, totaling over $272,613. From then until now, several of the attorneys involved withdrew from the case. Since November 15th of this year, Ms. Van Note has taken personal control of her defense on the probate order.
Ms. Van Note had been ordered to return the monies at the beginning of this past summer, and was finally adjudicated to be in contempt on July 1st. She failed to satisfy the Court even after filing motions on her own behalf. On December 12th, she was eventually ordered to either return the funds by 10 A.M. on Tuesday December 17th or to report to the Clay County Sheriff for incarceration.
Ms. Van Note filed another motion termed supersedeas bond which is a defendant’s appeal bond wanting to delay payment of a judgment until the appeal is over. That motion has not been considered as yet, but on December 17th a commitment order was filed in Clay County.
Instead of surrendering in Clay County, Ms. Van Note surrendered back in Camden County. Upon surrender in Camden County, Ms. Van Note was entitled to the return of her entire $250,000 cash bond. That possibly allows her to satisfy the order in Clay County where her murder trial will eventually be held, although that has not been confirmed by Ms. Van Note or the Clay County Courts.