by Sam Clanton


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, affirms the judgment and sentence of Robert Campbell for his role in the murder-for-hire plot that resulted in the deaths of Russell and Rebecca Porter of Willard in 2011.

Seventy-three-year-old Campbell, who is Russell Porter’s uncle, received two consecutive life prison terms after being convicted of two counts of second-degree murder by a jury in Jasper County in July of 2016. The case moved to Jasper County on a change of venue from Taney County, where the Porters’ remains were discovered.

Co-defendants Tony Friend and Windy Friend were convicted of first-degree murder, and both received life in prison without the possibility of parole. Two other defendants, Dusty Hicks and Phillip Friend, were also convicted and sentenced for second-degree murder and other charges.

These proceedings became the focus of a television special by On The Case with Paula Zahn, on the Investigation Discovery network. The episode can be viewed in its entirely by following a link on the website of Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell.

The post also contains the full text of the Court of Appeals decision.