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Excelsior man charged with murder

Olin S. Tannery

Olin S. Tannery

November 9, 2018—An ExcelsiorSprings man pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing held Friday, Nov. 2 in the Clay County Division 2 courtroom of Judge Larry Harman.

A grand jury indicted Olin S. Tannery on the Class A felony charge of murder in the second degree. The indictment alleges in February 1998, Tannery knowingly caused serious physical injury to his son, Dominick J. (Tannery) Pittsenbarger, by shaking and squeezing the then 6-week old infant. Pittsenbarger died in April of this year at the age of 20.

Court documents show Tannery pleaded guilty to a Class B felony of attempted assault in the first degree for the incident with Pittsenbarger in August 1999. Tannery was sentenced to 13 years in Missouri Department of Corrections and was paroled Oct. 29, 2007. Tannery fulfilled parole requirements and was released March 3, 2011.

Dominick J. Pittsenbarger

Dominick J. Pittsenbarger died April 13, 2018 at the age of 20.  Hixson-Klein Funeral Home |Submitted photo

Prior to his arraignment, Tannery’s case was reassigned to Judge Harman. Court documents show Judge Janet Sutton recused herself from the case, due to conflict, since she served as the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the original assault charge against Tannery. The case transferred to the Acting Presiding Judge who then transferred the case to Harman.

Tannery is being held in Clay County Detention Center on $500,000 bond. If convicted of the second degree murder charge, Tannery could face a minimum penalty of 10 years with maximum sentence of 30 years to life in MDOC.

At the conclusion of arraignment hearing, Tannery’s case continued to Nov. 20 for a docket call hearing.

By Standard Staff •

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