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Triple murder suspects moved to Cape County Jail

Ryan Patterson (Source: Cape Girardeau Police Dept.) Ryan Patterson (Source: Cape Girardeau Police Dept.)
Michelle Lawrence (Source: Cape Girardeau Police Dept.) Michelle Lawrence (Source: Cape Girardeau Police Dept.)
Jamie Orman Jamie Orman
Derrick Orman Derrick Orman

By Heartland News

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Ryan Terrell Patterson and his girlfriend, Michelle R. Lawrence, have been transferred from the Cape Girardeau Police Department to the Cape Girardeau County Jail in Jackson, according to officials at both facilities.

Patterson, 28, and Lawrence, 39, face charges in connection with the murders of Jamie Lynn Orman, 30, and her 15-year-old son Derrick Joseph Orman.  Prosecuting attorney Morley Swingle charged Patterson with shooting Orman and her son to death Tuesday morning inside a home 1224 North Missouri Avenue.  The home was owned by Lawrence and her estranged husband John Lawrence, who was also Jamie Orman's boyfriend. 

In addition, Patterson was charged with murdering Jamie Orman's unborn son. 

Michelle Lawrence was charged with conspiracy to commit first degree murder.  Swingle said prosecutors believe she agreed with Patterson that one or more of them would murder John Lawrence, and that on Sunday she purchased .44 caliber ammunition to be used in the murder. 

By all accounts, Michelle and John Lawrence were going through a bitter divorce, and their case was set to go to trial in January.

According to Michelle Lawrence's statements, she and Patterson had been discussing killing John Lawrence for about a week, and she wanted it done before their divorce was finalized so she and Patterson could get the insurance money that would come from policies on John's life and the home at 1224 Missouri Avenue.  John Lawrence told investigators that amount totaled at least $350,000.

Court documents, however, indicate Patterson told a third party that Michelle Lawrence wanted both Jamie Orman and John Lawrence dead.  That third party says Patterson offered her $15,000 to be a "lookout."

According to a co-worker's interview, Patterson also intended to start a fire inside the home.

Patterson's bond was set at $750,000.  Lawrence's bond was set at $250,000.

Both Patterson and Lawrence are expected to appear in court Thursday morning before Associate Circuit Judge Gary Kamp, Swingle said. 

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