Tuesday, Sep. 11 2012 4:57PM
Local lawyer charged
Lee’s Summit woman charged in 2010 murder of father
By Toriano Porter
A murder case that spans four counties, involves three prosecutors – including two special appointed prosecutors representing the state’s attorney general’s office – and three suspects, centers squarely on a lawyer residing in Lee’s Summit.
Susan Elizabeth Van Note was arraigned Sept. 10 in Boone County Circuit Court on one count of first-degree murder and one count of forgery in connection with her father’s shooting death in the Camden County resort town of Sunrise Beach.
Van Note, who lives in the 3000 block of S.W. Ninth Street Terrace in Lee’s Summit, was arrested without incident Sept. 7 by Jackson County authorities after a grand jury in Boone County indicted the Kansas City-based attorney for allegedly shooting her father William Van Note and transferring a forged durable power of attorney for health care to deny the victim life sustaining medical treatment.
“There’s a team of us working on it,” Camden County Prosecutor Brian Keedy said of the complex nature of the case. Keedy, along with Assistant Missouri Attorney General Kevin Zoellner – both special prosecutors appointed by Attorney General Chris Koster – and Boone County Prosecutor Daniel Knight helped build the case. “Mr. Van Note was shot and stabbed in Camden County, he was taken to Columbia (for treatment), which is Boone County, where he died later. That’s why they are prosecuting in Boone County.
“It’s three of us working on this as a team – Mr. Knight, myself and the assistant attorney general. The unique facts of this case required us to file (murder and forgery charges) in Boone County.”
Also arrested Sept. 7 by Johnson County, Kansas authorities were Desre’ and Stacey Dory of Shawnee, Kansas. Both were charged with second degree murder and forgery charges relating to the same case.
The Dorys are in the Johnson County Jail awaiting extradition to Missouri and will be arraigned in Boone County at a later date.
William Van Note, along with Sharon Dickson, was shot Oct. 2, 2010 at a lakefront home in the Lake of the Ozarks. Dickson died on the scene, but Van Note, who was also stabbed, survived for four days after being transported to a Boone County hospital where he died after doctors there stopped life-sustaining treatment due to the alleged forged document provided by Susan Van Note.
A durable power of attorney for health care document is mainly used in terminal illness or serious injury cases in which a person can not make health decisions for themselves.
Susan Van Note is reportedly an estate planning attorney and often spoke on end-of-life issues. She is being held on a $1 million cash-only bond after her attorney entered a not guilty plea on her behalf at her arraignment.
No charges have been brought in the murder of Dickson.
If convicted on the first degree murder charge, Van Note faces the death penalty or life in prison with no chance of parole.
Susan Van Note was arrested by Jackson County authorities Sept. 7, and after questioning, was released to Camden County authorities. From there she was transported to Boone County where she was arraigned.
Her law firm, Van Note Law Offices, is located at 400 E. Red Bridge Road in south Kansas City.