Recognizing the high-profile nature of the case, the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court would like to share procedural and logistical information for members of the general public or news media who might be interested in observing or covering State of Missouri v. Stephan Cannon.
BACKGROUND: Defendant Cannon, 26, is charged with one count of first-degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action, one count of first-degree burglary, stealing – $750 or more, and unlawful possession of a firearm. He remains detained on no bond. Charges stem from the June 2, 2020 shooting death of David Dorn in the 4100 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in the City of St. Louis.
PROCEDURIAL: Voir dire (jury selection) is scheduled to begin at approximately 9 am on Friday, July 15, 2022 in Division 13 with the Hon. Theresa Counts Burke presiding. Division 13 is located on the seventh floor of the Civil Courts Building at 10 N. Tucker Blvd. in downtown St. Louis. Seventy-two people have been summoned by the Court to appear for jury selection in this matter. The Court anticipates a jury of 12 with three alternates will be seated in one day. Opening statements and the presentation of witnesses and evidence are scheduled to begin at approximately 9 am on Monday, July 18. The Court does not expect proceedings to last more than one week.
SECURITY: All members of the public and news media will be required to go through a security checkpoint every time they wish to enter the Civil Courts Building. This is for their safety and the safety of everyone else in and around the premises. No prohibited items, such as weapons, will be allowed inside and are subject to confiscation by the Sheriff’s Office.
COVID-19: Based on current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the City of St. Louis Department of Health, the Court does not currently have a mandate requiring face masks. Therefore, members of the public and news media are not currently required to wear one at this time. However, the Court wishes to make clear that absolutely anyone who chooses to wear a face mask or covering should feel welcome to do so and comfortable to take any other additional precautions they feel are necessary to protect themselves.
COURTROOM ACCESS: On Friday, July 15, there will be NO access to Division 13 by members of the public or news media. All available courtroom seating will be needed to accommodate the larger than normal pool of potential jurors. There will, though, be an overflow viewing room for the duration of the trial located on the 4th floor of the Civil Courts Building in a conference room across from the Ceremonial Courtroom. Beginning Monday, July 18, two rows in Division 13 will be reserved strictly for members of the news media with all other seating being open to the public on a first come, first served basis. There will be no live stream.
CAMERAS & ELECTRONIC DEVICES: There will be no still photography, videography, and/or audio recording permitted inside Division 13 for any reason at any point during voir dire or the trial, except as follows: Beginning Monday, July 18, and continuing every day of trial thereafter, one pool video camera and one pool still camera will be allowed inside Division 13 at 8:45 am to photograph and record video of the courtroom and its occupants (with the exception of the jury) until 9:00 am. All cameras will then be removed from the courtroom for the day. The video and still images obtained during this 15 minute window will be made available to all news media outlets requesting them and are not for the exclusive use of the photographer or videographer. Working in collaboration with the Court’s Chief Communications Officer, it will be the responsibility of the Court-appointed media coordinator to assign and arrange a pool videographer and photographer for each day of trial and to ensure all photos and videos are distributed to all news media efficiently, fairly, and with immediacy. Additionally, it will be the expectation of the Court that every other aspect of Missouri Supreme Court Operating Rule 16 will be complied with in full by all news media. Violations of Rule 16 or Judge Burke’s order granting limited media access will be handled accordingly. Cell phones and laptops will be permitted for use inside Division 13 during trial so long as they’re not distracting to the Court or used to record or photograph any of the proceedings at any time. Interviews or any other form of news gathering are not permitted in Division 13 or any other location inside the Civil Courts Building and must be conducted outside.4
DOCUMENTS: There is a public access computer on the first floor of the Civil Courts Building near the main entrance off Tucker Blvd. and Market St. There are also public access computers on the third floor for viewing publicly available documents related to this case. On Missouri Case.Net, it’s Cause No. 2022-CR01577.
WIFI/INTERNET ACCESS: There is free public WIFI in and around Division 13 under the name “Judicial_Circuit_CCH”. No password is required.
OTHER: If you have any questions or require additional information or accommodations, please contact Chief Communications Officer Jacob Long at Jacob.Long@courts.mo.gov or (314) 622-5685.