Staff Reports



MARSHALL, Mo. -- The trial of a Moultrie truck driver has been postponed until mid-August.

According to accident reports at the time, John Kendrix, 45, was driving a tractor trailer eastbound on Interstate 70 near Sweet Springs, Mo., Aug. 26 when he crossed the median and hit another vehicle nearly head-on.

Five people in the other vehicle were killed, and Kendrix was charged with five counts of second-degree manslaughter.

An initial report from the hospital in Marshall, Mo., said Kendrix had tested positive for amphetamines, barbituates and marijuana. Four days later, the Missouri State Highway Patrol's drug tests showed no illegal or prescription drugs in his system.

In January, Saline County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Rolf scheduled Kendrix's trial for June 26-28, but it has since been postponed until Aug. 13-15.



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