Trial begins for Cape Girardeau man accused of killing wife, son

George Joseph trial begins

JACKSON, MO (KFVS) - The trial began in Jackson on Monday, July 20 for a Cape Girardeau man accused of shooting and killing his wife and son.

Opening statements were made by the prosecutor and defense.

Prosecutor Angel Woodruff laid out the state's case, saying George Joseph destroyed his life and then killed his family in May 2013 to save them from the embarrassment of his financial problems. Prosecutors plan to argue he killed his wife and son and attempted to kill himself due to the house being mortgaged, a Ponzi scheme and other financial issues.

Defense Attorney Cynthia Dryden countered the prosecution's argument, saying there's no proof that Joseph did it; and plans to build a case around the possibility that someone else could have committed the murders and tried to kill Joseph too.

After a lunch break, George Joseph's family will also take the stand.

According to the probable cause statement, George Edwin Joseph killed 57-year-old Mary Joseph and 18-year-old Matthew Joseph while they were sleeping on May 30, 2013. George Joseph was later found alive and wounded with a gunshot wound to the forehead in the pool house of a home.

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