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Judge: Lafore case can move forward

By on March 7, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Kodi Lafore is escorted from the courtroom by Randolph County Sheriff’s Department deputies following Tuesday’s hearing at the Randolph County Courthouse. (North County News photo)

A Waterloo man facing involuntary manslaughter and second degree murder charges in connection with the Jan. 6 stabbing death of a man near Red Bud appeared in court Tuesday at the Randolph County Courthouse in Chester.

Kodi A. Lafore, 23, of Waterloo, is accused of fatally stabbing 36-year-old Adam Sesto south of Red Bud on Huntfield Road north of Blackjack Road.

Lafore sat before Judge Dennis Doyle for a hearing to determine if probable cause existed to move forward to trial.

Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker and Lafore defense attorney Justin Kuehn questioned Randolph County Sheriff’s Deputy Donald Krull for about 45 minutes before Doyle determined there was sufficient cause for the charges.

The judge denied Walker’s request, however, to raise Lafore’s bond from $50,000 to $75,000. Lafore remains free on bond. 

On the stand, Krull set the scene leading up to the stabbing as an evening of arguments, warnings and general threats spread primarily via text messages among Sesto, Lafore, Lafore’s girlfriend Larissa Wiegard, Wiegard’s friend Katelyn Merlenbach, Lafore’s former girlfriend Kierston Dingwell, and Sesto’s friends and mutual acquaintances Anthony Krajca and Megan Grapperhaus…>>>

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Andrea F.D. Saathoff

Andrea is a graduate of Gibault High School and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, the University of Missouri Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Education. She lives in Columbia with her husband and their twin toddler sons. When she isn't cheering on St. Louis Cardinals baseball or riding the emotional roller coaster of Mizzou Tigers football, she enjoys attending and participating in the many family events the county has to offer. email: andrea@republictimes.net