Steven Ray Endsley

LEBANON, Missouri- The Camdenton man charged with two counts of felony first degree murder and other related charges for the killing of a mother and her daughter is scheduled to appear for a pre-trial conference in the Laclede County court of Judge Kenneth Michael Hayden at 9 a.m. this morning due to a July motion for a change of judge.

Steven Ray Endsley, 54, was arrested on Sept. 3, 2016 for the August 29, 2016 murders of 61-year-old Teresa A. Jackson and her 27-year-old daughter Danielle M. Smith. Endsley was their neighbor in a trailer park.

A photo of Danielle Smith shared by her sister. Heather Smith

Endsley has been charged with:

Class A Felony 1st Degree Murder – 2 counts
Felony Armed Criminal Action – 2 counts
Class B Felony 1st Degree Burglary – 1 count
Class C Felony 2nd Degree Arson – 1 count

Detectives believe the murders resulted from an ongoing disagreement over Smith’s sexual orientation. Statements given by friends said she “lived a bisexual lifestyle.”

The probable cause statement said the harassment increased over time.

On Aug. 28, 2016 Endsley allegedly banged on their door, shined a light into their residence and yelled at tehm to come out. That same evening, Endsley, while drinking, made threats during a conversation to another person that he would burn the trailer down “if I could get away with it.” He also sent the women anti-gay texts documents allege. The bodies of Jackson and Smith were discovered in the remains of their burned-out trailer home on Aug. 29. According to autopsy results, the women were stabbed multiple times before the trailer being set on fire. In addition to the strangulation, Jackson also had injuries consistent with strangulation, court documents said.

A jury trial is set in the same court on March 26th.