Case against Stock moves forward in Megan Maxwell's murder

Case against Stock moves forward in Megan Maxwell's murder

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Jeffrey Lee Stock in court Jeffrey Lee Stock in court
Megan's grandmother (left) had her arm around her daughter, Lisa Maxwell, the whole time. Megan's grandmother (left) had her arm around her daughter, Lisa Maxwell, the whole time.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

NEWPORT (WATE) - The case against Jeffrey Lee Stock, the man charged with killing Newport teen Megan Maxwell, moved forward in court Monday morning.

He's charged with first degree murder, rape, theft, and arson.

Maxwell, 19, went missing on April 26, 2009. Law enforcement, her family and the community did extensive searches for her.

The teen's remains were found in the woods of rural Cocke County in November 2010 by a man walking his dogs.

Stock is serving a 72-month sentence at a federal penitentiary in Tucson, Arizona for failing to register as a sex offender when he moved to Tennessee. He was convicted of sex crimes involving two teenage girls in Indiana.

He was brought to Newport earlier in January to make court appearances in the Maxwell case.

While Stock was in court Monday, he made direct eye contact with the Maxwell family several times during the hearing.

"It would have been much better if he didn't look at us because that does something to us," said Lisa Maxwell, Megan's mother.

Lisa says being at the hearing was comforting, but painful. "I've been really nervous. I didn't get much sleep last night. I was really anxious," she said.

The next court hearing for Stock is scheduled on February 17. The public defender's office will appoint an attorney for him.

Court officials say they'll be able to project a trial date by February.

Stock's father, Terry Stock, is charged as an accessory after the fact in Maxwell's slaying. He's out of jail on bond.

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