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Mo. judge declares mistrial in case of woman accused of killing her father & his girlfriend

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LEBANON, Mo. -- A Missouri judge has declared a mistrial in the case of suburban Kansas City lawyer accused of killing her millionaire father and his girlfriend.

Susan Elizabeth Van Note of Lee's Summit was scheduled to stand trial this week on charges of first-degree murder in the October 2010 shooting deaths of her father, 67-year-old William Van Note, and his 59-year-old girlfriend, Sharon Dickson.

Sharon Dickson and William Van Note

But before a jury was selected Tuesday, Laclede County Circuit Judge Kenneth Hayden said the defense requested a mistrial and that he granted the request because potential jurors had been discussing the case.

The judge says it's unclear when the trial will be rescheduled, but also said his calendar is full until the end of 2016.

Lawyers for Van Note declined comment.

Authorities believe that William Van Note and Sharon Dickson were stabbed and shot at a Lake of the Ozarks home in October of 2010. Dickson died at the vacation home, William Van Note was taken from the home to a hospital where he died four days later.

Susan Van Note has also been accused of forging documents that gave her the power to remove her father from life support.

dorysTwo other people, Desre and Stacey Dory of Shawnee, Kan., were also arrested shortly after the two deaths, but the charges against them, including second degree murder and forgery, were dismissed in September of 2014. Since then, they've filed to have the arrests expunged from their records, and must wait for the Van Note trial proceedings to conclude before that happens according to their attorney.

Authorities would not say how the Dorys and Susan Van Note know each other.