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Kansas City area attorney charged with killing father

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victims: William Van Note and Sharon Dickson victims: William Van Note and Sharon Dickson

A Kansas City attorney is charged with killing her father.

Susan "Liz" Van Note is charged with first-degree murder and forgery. She's accused of killing her father, 67-year-old William B. Van Note, at his home in Sunrise Beach, MO, Oct. 2, 2010, just after 11 p.m., William Van Note called 911.

When deputies got there, they found wealthy businessman William Van Note and his longtime girlfriend, Sharon Dickson, shot and stabbed. Dickson was dead when deputies got there. William Van Note was flown to a Boone County hospital where he died three days later.

Also charged in the case is a Johnson County, KS, couple, Desre and Stacey Dory. They each face one count of second-degree murder and forgery. Investigators haven't said how Susan Van Note and the Dorys are connected.

The charges are only in the death of William Van Note. Prosecutors said charges have not been filed in the death of Dickson.

It's a case that spans several counties across two states. Friday, deputies in Jackson County arrested a local woman. They said they hope the arrest marks the beginning of the end to the two-year-old murder case.

It's a quiet Lee's Summit, MO, subdivision known for its pristine homes and friendly neighbors. The tight knit community rarely sees much excitement, but that all changed Friday.

"Really surprising. I haven't met her, but it's a quiet neighborhood. Most people are elderly and can't get out - its very private here," neighbor Curtis Fay said.

Jackson County sheriff's deputies working closely with their counterparts in Camden County, MO, made the arrest Friday afternoon.

"It's pretty scary. You don't think anyone like that would live next to you," neighbor Dylan Collins said.

Collins grew up in the neighborhood. He remembers seeing Susan Van Note and her young son around town.

"It sucks, I don't know how you could go through that, honestly," he said.

But Susan Van Note wasn't the only person arrested in the case. Husband and wife Desre and Stacey Dory of Shawnee, KS, were also taken into custody.

KCTV5's Stephen Mayer went to Susan Van Note's law office in KCMO Friday. People there said she was at work in the morning and was in a good mood.

A KCTV5 crew also went to the home of Desre and Stacey Dory and neighbors couldn't believe when the crew told them the charges the couple is facing.

"It's just a real surprise to us," Maria Campbell said.

She and Ron Campbell couldn't believe the neighbors they've gotten to know over the years are now charged with killing a Camden County, MO, man.

"Shocked, I mean they've been really nice neighbors and, like I've said, we talked over the fence - even talked about taking down the fence cause we both liked each other's gardens," Maria Campbell said.

The Dorys Facebook pages are filled with photos of what appears to be a close happy family.

The Campbells echoed that when they described their neighbors.

"We thought of them as a couple of professional people," Ron Campbell said. "I couldn't believe it, I never sensed anything could possibly be wrong. Like you say, they seem like a couple of nice people, been good neighbors to us so far."

The Campbells now realize the couple may have been under investigation for a while, describing an encounter with police a year ago.

"All of the sudden police had shown up about a year ago," Maria Campbell said. "They were asking us about them and they were out of town and that's all we could tell them."

While investigators haven't said what connection they believe the Dorys have to Susan Van Note, Ron Campbell is keeping an open mind.

"There can be allegations and sometimes things prove to be not true, so hopefully this is the situation here also," he said.

All three suspects will be taken to Boone County, MO, where William Van Note died of his injuries two years ago, for arraignment

Many details haven't been released in this case because a grand jury indictment was sealed.

KCTV5's Jami Brinton, Greg Milota, Alice Barr and Rob Rhodes contributed to this story.

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