Found Deceased MO - Darnell Gray, 4, Jefferson City, 24 Oct 2018 *Arrest* #2

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18AC-CR02829-01 - ST V QUATAVIA LAQWOUN GIVENS

04/25/2021
Note to Clerk eFiling
Request for Recoup Fees
EM Billing Notification for $130.50; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. lt

04/15/2021 Plea/Trial Setting Scheduled
Associated Entries: 04/13/2021 - Criminal Setting Held
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Scheduled For: 06/01/2021; 1:00 PM ; JON EDWARD BEETEM; Cole Circuit
Order

04/13/2021 Criminal Setting Held
State appears by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Loesch. Defendant excused but by Attorney Finney. Case set for discovery status on 6-1-2021 at 1 pm. Defendant will be excused for next court appearance. /s/JEB/rlo
Scheduled For: 06/01/2021; 1:00 PM ; JON EDWARD BEETEM; Cole Circuit

TUESDAY, JUNE 1, 2021
Judge/Commissioner Time Day Setting Event
JON EDWARD BEETEM 1:00 PM 1 OF 1 Plea/Trial Setting
Event Text: Location: DIVISION 1 COURTROOM Cole Circuit
Address: PO BOX 1870 301 E HIGH ST JEFFERSON CITY MO

https://www.courts.mo.gov/casenet/cases/events.do

@Niner we finally have a Date!
 

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Tuesday, June 1st:
*Status Hearing (Discovery) (@ 1pm CT) - MO – Darnell S. Gray (4) (missing Oct. 25, 2018, Jefferson City, found Oct. 30, 2018) – *Quatavia Lwoun Givens (26/now 28) (ex-gf of father) arrested & charged (10/31/18) & arraigned (11/8/18) with 1st degree child abuse resulting in death. Indicted (12/18/18) with felony abuse or neglect of a child. Indicted (10/29/19) with 2nd degree murder (no plea on this yet). Plead not guilty to 2 other charges. No bond changed (3/21/19) to $100K Cash ONLY bond. Bond reduced (9/30/19) to $5000 Cash or Surety Bond. Out on bond 9/30/19.
Trial was set to begin 7/13/20-cancelled due to COVID-19.
Court hearings from 11/8/18 thru 12/22/20 reference post #150 here:
Found Deceased - MO - Darnell Gray, 4, Jefferson City, 24 Oct 2018 *Arrest* #2

1/5/21 Update: Present: Judge Jon E. Beetem, State by Assistant prosecuting attorney Fox; defendant excused attorney Taylor Sharkey appears for defendant. Motion for discovery by defense. Case set for discovery status hearing on 2/2/21 @ 1pm.
2/2/21 Update: Next plea/trial setting schedule hearing on 4/13/21. 4/13/21 Update: Criminal Setting Held. State appears by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Loesch. Defendant excused but by Attorney Finney. Case set for discovery status on 6/1/21 at 1pm. Defendant will be excused for next court appearance.
 

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18AC-CR02829-01 - ST V QUATAVIA LAQWOUN GIVENS

05/27/2021 Note to Clerk eFiling
Request for Recoup Fees
EM Billing Notification; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service.jf

05/26/2021 Order
Please note that this law day is a big one. We will most likely be in court past 4:30 pm, so please have your clients plan accordingly. Due to Phase 4 COVID status, attorneys are requested to appear via video as this docket is quite large. Attorneys present reduce the number of defendants who can be admitted to the courtroom. Prosecutors will be present in the courtroom. Defendants MUST present themselves at the courthouse, unless excused by a docket entry or warrants will issue. If they are not admitted, they will be given a new court date. Defendants without counsel, those set for arraignment and those for probation cases will be admitted in accordance with occupancy limits and social distancing rules. All persons admitted to the courthouse must wear masks. WEBEX invitations will be issued on Tuesday morning. If you intend to enter a plea during this appearance, defense counsel is requested to advise [email protected] no later than Friday, May 28, 2021 at Noon so that the paperwork may be prepared, as Monday, May 31, 2021 is a State Holiday and offices will be closed. Pleas will be taken up at 3:00 pm. During the COVID restrictions, the Court will accept written waivers of arraignment, written misdemeanor pleas of guilty and felony guilty pleas resulting in probation from non-incarcerated defendants if 1) paperwork is prepared and signed in advance; and 2) felony defendants appear with counsel via video. Please contact [email protected] for more details. These pleas do not have to be scheduled on a Law Day. /s/JEB/rlo

05/25/2021 Order
Defendant's appearance is excused on 6-1-2021. /s/JEB/rly

TUESDAY, JUNE 1, 2021
Judge/Commissioner Time Day Setting Event
JON EDWARD BEETEM 1:00 PM 1 OF 1 Plea/Trial Setting
Event Text: Location: DIVISION 1 COURTROOM Cole Circuit
Address: PO BOX 1870 301 E HIGH ST JEFFERSON CITY MO

https://www.courts.mo.gov/casenet/cases/events.do

@Niner This is just more information. Today is still set to happen.
 

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@Jewels53 - so did he take a plea deal? or is this going to trial?

TIA!
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JEFFERSON CITY- A new court date has been set for the woman charged in the death of Darnell Gray.

Quatavia Givens is charged with second-degree murder, child abuse, or neglect and endangering the welfare of a child after the death of Darnell Gray. A new hearing is set for August 17, when a judge will set a trial date.

New court date set to set trial for woman charged in Darnell Gray case

Nothing new on the court site.
 

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18AC-CR02829-01 - ST V QUATAVIA LAQWOUN GIVENS

04/25/2021
Note to Clerk eFiling
Request for Recoup Fees
EM Billing Notification for $130.50; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. lt

04/15/2021 Plea/Trial Setting Scheduled
Associated Entries: 04/13/2021 - Criminal Setting Held
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Scheduled For: 06/01/2021; 1:00 PM ; JON EDWARD BEETEM; Cole Circuit
Order

04/13/2021 Criminal Setting Held
State appears by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Loesch. Defendant excused but by Attorney Finney. Case set for discovery status on 6-1-2021 at 1 pm. Defendant will be excused for next court appearance. /s/JEB/rlo
Scheduled For: 06/01/2021; 1:00 PM ; JON EDWARD BEETEM; Cole Circuit

TUESDAY, JUNE 1, 2021
Judge/Commissioner Time Day Setting Event
JON EDWARD BEETEM 1:00 PM 1 OF 1 Plea/Trial Setting
Event Text: Location: DIVISION 1 COURTROOM Cole Circuit
Address: PO BOX 1870 301 E HIGH ST JEFFERSON CITY MO

https://www.courts.mo.gov/casenet/cases/events.do

@Niner we finally have a Date!
Woohoo, thanks for posting this Niner!!!!! Poor Darnell has been dead and gone while this child killer was free to roam around with no worries. LOCK HER UP please. <sorry for the shouty caps, I'm just so sick of these perps>
 

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Woohoo, thanks for posting this Niner!!!!! Poor Darnell has been dead and gone while this child killer was free to roam around with no worries. LOCK HER UP please. <sorry for the shouty caps, I'm just so sick of these perps>

Actually that was @Jewels53 that you quoted! :)
 

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Tuesday, August 17th:
*Status Hearing (@ 1pm CT) - MO – Darnell S. Gray (4) (missing Oct. 25, 2018, Jefferson City, found Oct. 30, 2018) – *Quatavia Lwoun Givens (26/now 28) (ex-gf of father) arrested & charged (10/31/18) & arraigned (11/8/18) with 1st degree child abuse resulting in death. Indicted (12/18/18) with felony abuse or neglect of a child. Indicted (10/29/19) with 2nd degree murder (no plea on this yet). Plead not guilty to 2 other charges. No bond changed (3/21/19) to $100K Cash ONLY bond. Bond reduced (9/30/19) to $5000 Cash or Surety Bond. Out on bond 9/30/19.
Trial was set to begin 7/13/20-cancelled due to COVID-19.
Court hearings from 11/8/18 thru 2/2/21 reference post #163 here:
Found Deceased - MO - Darnell Gray, 4, Jefferson City, 24 Oct 2018 *Arrest* #2

4/13/21 Update: Criminal Setting Held. State appears by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Loesch. Defendant excused but by Attorney Finney. Case set for discovery status on 6/1/21 at 1pm. Defendant will be excused for next court appearance. 6/1/21 Update: Judge set new status hearing date to set a trial date on 8/17/21.
 

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@Jewels53 - if you around - and take your time - was wondering if there might be an another court date for this case?

TIA!
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18AC-CR02829-01 - ST V QUATAVIA LAQWOUN GIVENS

08/06/2021 Notice of Hearing Filed
Notice of Hearing; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service.jf
Filed By: JUSTINE FINNEY
On Behalf Of: QUATAVIA LAQWOUN GIVENS
Proposed Order Filed
Proposed Order; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service.jf
Filed By: JUSTINE FINNEY
Motion Filed
DEFENDANTS MOTION TO PROCEED IN ACCORDANCE WITH AKE V. OKLAHOMA; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service.jf
Filed By: JUSTINE FINNEY

08/12/2021 Order
8.17.2021 - Div 1 Criminal Law Day Order. ATTORNEYS PLEASE READ IN ITS ENTIRETY. The 8-17-2021 Law Day will be conducted in person, subject to in force masking requirements and courtroom occupancy limits. Video appearances for attorneys will still be permitted via WEBEX and may be made by using the following link: Meet virtually with Cisco Webex. Anytime, anywhere, on any device. This is an extremely large docket. To the extent that your case is being passed by agreement with the State, please advise Rachel accordingly so that your case(s) may be removed from the docket. Defendants MUST present themselves at the courthouse, unless excused by a docket entry or warrants will issue. If they are not admitted for some reason, they will be given a new court date. Counsel are encouraged to requests offers from the specific prosecutor on each case in advance. If you intend to enter a plea during this appearance, defense counsel is requested to advise [email protected] no later than Monday, August 16, 2021 at Noon so that the paperwork may be prepared in advance. Pleas will be taken up at 3:00 pm. If you have specific COVID concerns, please contact [email protected] for more details. /s/JEB/rlo
Motion to Endorse
States Motion to Endorse Witnesses and Notice of Hearing; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. snb
Filed By: WILLIAM LOCKE THOMPSON
Answers to Disclosure Filed
States Supplemental Answer to Defendants Request for Discovery; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. snb

08/16/2021 Motion Filed
Defendants Motion to Preclude Spectators from Wearing or Displaying Influential Attire or Similar Items During Trial; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. snb*
Filed By: HEATHER VODNANSKY
On Behalf Of: QUATAVIA LAQWOUN GIVENS
Motion Filed
Motion for Bill of Particulars; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. snb*
Filed By: HEATHER VODNANSKY
Order
Defendant is excused from appearing on 8-17-2021. /s/JEB/rlo

08/17/2021 Criminal Setting Held
State appears by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Loesch. Defendant excused but by Attorneys Finney and Vodnansky. Case set for 5 day jury trial Sept 15-16, 20221 for Voir dire selection and Sept 19, 2022 for jury trial at 9 am. Counsel to appear at 8:30 am to resolve any remaining pre-trial matters. It is the Court's preference that motions in limine not be held until the morning of trial. Pre-trial set for 9-13-2022 at 3 pm. Defendant must appear in person and failing to do so, he or she should expect a no-bond warrant to ensure their appearance at trial when same is rescheduled. State to notify victims as may be required by law. COUNSEL TO REVIEW VIEW TRIAL SETTING ORDER IN ITS ENTRITY. Case set for AKE Motion on 8-26-21 at 2 pm, 1 hour allowed. Case set for status on 5-3-22 at 1 pm. /s/JEB/rlo
Scheduled For: 05/03/2022; 1:00 PM ; JON EDWARD BEETEM; Cole Circuit


08/18/2021 Notice of Hearing Filed
Notice; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service.jf
Filed By: HEATHER VODNANSKY
On Behalf Of: QUATAVIA LAQWOUN GIVENS
Motion to Compel
Motion for Order Compelling State to Provide Defense Counsel with Proposed Instructions Prior to Trial; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service.jf
Filed By: HEATHER VODNANSKY

08/19/2021 Jury Trial Scheduled
Scheduled For: 09/23/2022; 9:00 AM ; JON EDWARD BEETEM; Cole Circuit
Jury Trial Scheduled
Scheduled For: 09/22/2022; 9:00 AM ; JON EDWARD BEETEM; Cole Circuit
Jury Trial Scheduled
Scheduled For: 09/21/2022; 9:00 AM ; JON EDWARD BEETEM; Cole Circuit
Jury Trial Scheduled
Scheduled For: 09/20/2022; 9:00 AM ; JON EDWARD BEETEM; Cole Circuit
Jury Trial Scheduled
Scheduled For: 09/19/2022; 9:00 AM ; JON EDWARD BEETEM; Cole Circuit
Jury Trial Scheduled
Scheduled For: 09/16/2022; 9:00 AM ; JON EDWARD BEETEM; Cole Circuit
Jury Trial Scheduled
Scheduled For: 09/15/2022; 9:00 AM ; JON EDWARD BEETEM; Cole Circuit
Pre-trial Conference Scheduled
Scheduled For: 09/13/2022; 3:00 PM ; JON EDWARD BEETEM; Cole Circuit
Case Review Scheduled
Associated Entries: 08/17/2021 - Criminal Setting Held
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Scheduled For: 05/03/2022; 1:00 PM ; JON EDWARD BEETEM; Cole Circuit
Motion Hearing Scheduled
Scheduled For: 08/26/2021; 2:00 PM ; JON EDWARD BEETEM; Cole Circuit


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THURSDAY, AUGUST 26, 2021
Judge/Commissioner Time Day Setting Event
JON EDWARD BEETEM 2:00 PM 1 OF 1 Motion Hearing
Event Text: Location: DIVISION 1 COURTROOM Cole Circuit
Address: PO BOX 1870 301 E HIGH ST JEFFERSON CITY MO

TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2022
Judge/Commissioner Time Day Setting Event
JON EDWARD BEETEM 1:00 PM 1 OF 1 Case Review
Event Text: Location: DIVISION 1 COURTROOM Cole Circuit
Address: PO BOX 1870 301 E HIGH ST JEFFERSON CITY MO

https://www.courts.mo.gov/casenet/cases/searchDockets.do

https://www.courts.mo.gov/casenet/cases/events.do

@Niner Looks like everything is happening next year.
 

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Thank you very much @Jewels53 - much appreciated. Not all happening next year - hearing on 8/26/21. :)

I might ask again in about a month to "see" if they don't stick in another hearing before the May 3rd one for next year. ;)
 

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Thank you very much @Jewels53 - much appreciated. Not all happening next year - hearing on 8/26/21. :)

I might ask again in about a month to "see" if they don't stick in another hearing before the May 3rd one for next year. ;)

That will be fine if you ask for information on a case. I am just taking a small break from WS right now due to my health.
 

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Thursday, August 26th:
*Motions Hearing (@ 2pm CT) - MO – Darnell S. Gray (4) (missing Oct. 25, 2018, Jefferson City, found Oct. 30, 2018) – *Quatavia Lwoun Givens (26/now 28) (ex-gf of father) arrested & charged (10/31/18) & arraigned (11/8/18) with 1st degree child abuse resulting in death. Indicted (12/18/18) with felony abuse or neglect of a child. Indicted (10/29/19) with 2nd degree murder (no plea on this yet). Plead not guilty to 2 other charges. No bond changed (3/21/19) to $100K Cash ONLY bond. Bond reduced (9/30/19) to $5000 Cash or Surety Bond. Out on bond 9/30/19.
Trial was set to begin 7/13/20-continued on 9/15/22 with jury selection to 9/16/21 & Jury trial to begin n 9/19/21. (thru 9/23/22 all @ 9a & counsel @ 8:30a to resolve any pretrial matters)
Court hearings from 11/8/18 thru 2/2/21 reference post #163 here:
Found Deceased - MO - Darnell Gray, 4, Jefferson City, 24 Oct 2018 *Arrest* #2

4/13/21 Update: Criminal Setting Held. State appears by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Loesch. Defendant excused but by Attorney Finney. Case set for discovery status on 6/1/21 at 1pm. Defendant will be excused for next court appearance. 6/1/21 Update: Judge set new status hearing date to set a trial date on 8/17/21.
8/12/21: State's Motion to endorse witnesses & notice of hearing. State's Supplemental answer to defendant's request for discovery. 8/16/21: Motion filed by defendant: Motion to preclude spectators from wearing or displaying influential attire or similar items during trial. Motion for Bill of particulars filed by Heather Vodnansky. Defendant is excuse from appearing on next hearing 8/17/21.

8/17/21 Update: State appears by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Loesch. Defendant excused but by Attorneys Finney & Vodnansky. Case set for 5 day jury trial Sept 15-16, 2022 for Voir Dire selection & Sept 19, 2022 for jury trial at 9am. Counsel to appear at 8:30am to resolve any remaining pretrial matters. It is the Court's preference that Motions in Limine not be held until the morning of trial. Pretrial set for 9/13/22 at 3pm. Defendant must appear in person & failing to do so she should expect a no-bond warrant to ensure her appearance at trial when same is rescheduled. State to notify victims as may be required by law. Counsel to review trial setting order in its entirety. Case set for AKE Motion on 8/26/21 at 2pm, 1 hour allowed. Case set for status on 5/3/22 at 1pm. 8/18/21: Motion for order compelling State to provide dense counsel with proposed instructions prior to trial filed by Heather Vodnansky.
 

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"This is a case that has gone through an extensive amount of investigation subsequent to the initial charge of abuse filed in 2018," Cole County Prosecutor Locke Thompson said. "Based on further evidence, at a later date, we found reason to believe Ms. Givens was culpable for second-degree murder. Recent evidence received, we believe, shows Givens' deliberation in causing the death of Darnell, so we felt a charge of first-degree murder was appropriate."

Hearings before a grand jury are closed to the public; Thompson would not say why he upgraded the charge or what specific evidence was found to warrant the new charge. He only said the grand jury found there was enough evidence to indict her on the upgraded charge.

Givens had been free on bond and on pre-trial supervision as she awaited trial. After the new charges were filed, Givens was arrested in St. Charles and transported back to Jefferson City to be held without bond at the Cole County Jail.

During a hearing Thursday afternoon before Judge Walker, Givens' public defenders — Heather Vodnansky and Justin Carver — asked Walker for more time to go over the new charges and information filed against their client. They also had a motion to recall the arrest warrant on Givens.
First-degree murder charge filed against caretaker
 

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A grand jury returned the new charges on Wednesday, Jefferson City police said in a news release. Besides first-degree murder, Givens is charged with child abuse or neglect, endangering the welfare of a child and abandonment of a corpse.


Givens reported the boy missing while she was babysitting him in Jefferson City. She told police he might have been abducted, prompting a week of searches before his body was found. An autopsy found he died of blunt force trauma.

Givens was free on bond. After the new charges were filed, she was arrested in St. Charles and returned to Jefferson City, where she is being held without bond at the Cole County jail.
First-degree murder charge filed in death of 4-year-old boy
 
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