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Third person charged in triple murder, intended victim speaks

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By Kathy Sweeney & Christy Hendricks

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The Cape Girardeau/Bollinger County Major Case Squad have arrested a third person in connection with the triple murder of a pregnant mother and her teenage son.

Samuel Ray Hughes, 25, faces three counts of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree burglary.

Hughes rode with Ryan Patterson to the home at 1224 North Missouri, according to the probable cause statement.

Ryan Terrell Patterson, 28, and his girlfriend, Michelle R. 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. 

Patterson and Lawrence made their first court appearance via video Thursday morning.  Judge Gary Kamp asked Patterson if he understood the charges against him and he said yes.

Patterson appeared to be in high spirits, even joking with one of the other inmates while he waited for his arraignment to start.

Lawrence came with her arms folded across her chest, spoke to the camera, and walked out with her arms folded.  Lawrence's parents were in court to watch the proceedings.  Her mother stood up and waived to her daughter as she came up to the camera. 

John Lawrence, Michelle's estranged husband and the intended murder victim according to court papers was also in court.  He spoke exclusively to Heartland News.

"Ryan seemed pretty emotionless in the whole situation," John Lawrence said.  "Didn't seem to have a care.  I dunno.  I guess life doesn't really matter to him.  I don't know why this entailed, why this unfolded.  I just want to tell everybody I'm sorry that it happened and I'm sorry that I wasn't there to protect Jamie and her son.  I don't know why this happened.  I don't.  My main focus now is my children and make sure that I try to put a life back together for them."

Hughes told detectives he and Patterson entered the garage by cutting a window screen, but could not get in the house.  He says Patterson sent him back outside to act as a lookout.

Hughes told investigators, "Ryan came back outside quickly, within minutes.  Ryan came running out and said 'Come on! Come on! We've got to go.'"

In the probable cause statement, Hughes added he believes Patterson used a homemade silencer on the gun.  Hughes claims he thought they were going to the home to commit a burglary.

He is being held on $500,000 bond.

Final arragements for the three victims will be held this weekend.

Visitation for Jamie and Derrick Orman and Joseph Lawrence (the unborn baby) will be held Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Miller Family Funeral Home in Perryville.

A funeral will be held Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Miller Family Funeral as well.

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