Man convicted in triple murder makes new claims in court

Ryan Patterson (Source: Cape Girardeau P.D.)
Ryan Patterson (Source: Cape Girardeau P.D.)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - It's a case that stunned Cape Girardeau four years ago, and now the man convicted in a triple murder makes new claims in court.

Ryan Patterson is serving a life sentence for the murders of Jamie Orman, her unborn son and teenage son Derrick. It happened nearly four years ago to the day.

Patterson himself was not in the courtroom Monday, October 28 but his family members were there, along with Orman's mother and sisters.

"No matter how far we have to drive we will be here to show support for Jamie, Derrick, and Joey," said Orman's sister, Stephanie Chastain. Chastain came in from Georgia for the hearing along with her mother, Terry Bettis.

Judge William Syler told us it's a civil hearing after Patterson filed a claim saying he wasn't happy with how his former attorneys defended him at trial. He now has a new lawyer. After meeting briefly, no action was taken Monday. Attorneys say they need more information including transcripts from witnesses who in this case are Patterson's former lawyers.

The murders happened in October of 2009.

Prosecutors called the crime a scheme for insurance money that also involved Michelle Lawrence and Samuel 'Ray Ray' Hughes. Investigators say Lawrence's estranged husband was the actual target; but Jamie, her son Derrick, and unborn baby died instead.

Jamie's mother and sisters say it's important for them to stand together to support their loved ones at every turn in this case.

"No matter what we are going to be here," Chastain said. "It just hit me again we are going back to court for this man that ripped out family apart. I just think of Jamie."

In previous interviews, Patterson's family said they still believe he is innocent.

Judge Syler said these actions are routine and don't require a hearing, but said he usually chooses to hold a formal hearing in a major case like this: a triple murder.

Patterson has already made an appeal in the case where it was decided his murder conviction stood.

They're scheduled to meet again on January 13, 2014 in Cape Girardeau. Whether or not Patterson will be there is still a pending decision.

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