Cassville woman will stand trial for murder

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The trial of a former Cassville woman facing federal murder charges is scheduled to begin on Sept. 19 in federal court in Springfield.

Kay Young, 56, of Novinger, and her friend, Katherine Mock, 57, of Cassville, and her friend, Kay Young, 56, of Novinger, are charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit murder and two counts of murder for hire.

The charges stem from the 2006 shooting death of young's husband, Melvin "Beau" Griesbauer, of Novinger, outside the Young-Griesbauer residence in northwest Missouri.

According to court records, Mock was approached by Young about finding someone to kill her husband. It is alleged that Mock first tried to recruit someone to kill Griesbauer. According to the indictment, Mock approached two different people about killing Griesbauer, offering $6,000 and $10,000.

According to the federal indictment, Mock allegedly left her home in Cassville on March 22, 2006, and drove to the couple's home in Novinger. She stopped at the Walmart in Republic and bought a ski mask that was later found and used to match her DNA.

The indictment alleges that Young picked her husband up from work and when the couple returned home, Mock and Young caused the death of Griesbauer by shooting him in the head with a .30-30 Winchester caliber rifle.

On April 6, 2006, Mock was taken into custody at a mental health facility in Joplin. Both women were indicted by a federal grand jury in 2009.

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