Ryan Terrell Patterson, Samuel Ray Hughes And Michelle Renee Lawrence
Jamie Lynn Orman had a lot to be happy about in October of 2009. She had recently moved out of her apartment and into the home of her new boyfriend John Lawrence. By all accounts the couple were incredibly happy and neighbors were pleased to get to know John’s new girlfriend. In fact, some of the extra appliances that always seem to end up going to storage when two households combine were passed on to neighbors by this generous couple.
Jamie’s three sons, whom she shared joint custody with her ex-husband, were at Jamie’s new home to spend some time with their mother. This was an unexpected stay but Jamie and her ex-husband still had a workable relationship and behaved like decent human beings, which is the way adults are supposed to do when children are involved.
To make things even better for Jamie Orman, Halloween was just a few days away and anyone you talk to who knew Jamie well would tell you that it was her absolute favorite holiday. This is where the happy story takes a turn for the worse as Jamie’s life was ended before she got to see all the young kids in her new neighborhood dressed up in their cute and adorable costumes to collect candy.
During the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 27th, 2009, 30 year old Jamie Lynn Orman and her 15 year old son Derrick were killed while they slept in separate beds in a basement bedroom. Both were shot at close range. To make this tragedy even worse, Jamie and her boyfriend John were expecting a child during the winter months. This unborn child was the third victim of this apparent robbery gone wrong.
Jamie’s boyfriend John Lawrence wasn’t home that evening but Jamie’s other two sons, Travis (aged 9) and Jacob (aged 14), were sleeping in another part of the home when they were awakened by the sounds of gunfire in the house.
I can only imagine the terror and shock they must have experienced when they stumbled upon the body of their brother Derrick, who survived long enough to stumble into the hallway. Jacob tried to help save his older brother but instead had him die in his arms. The boys called 911 and Cape Girardeau arrived on the scene to investigate.
The police began talking to all parties at the house and original reports were Jamie Orman, her son and unborn child were killed during an apparent home invasion. Local authorities tried to put the public at ease, saying it was a random event and to take steps to secure their homes. As the investigation continued it became apparent that the initial speculation was wrong and that something far more sinister was at play here.
Apparently, John Lawrence had moved on from his failed marriage but his estranged wife Michelle had not. John filed for divorce in June 2008 and a court date of January 2010 had been set to end the proceedings. The house that John and Jamie had been living in just so happened to be where Michelle had lived with her husband and children as well. In fact her name was still on the deed of the Lawrence home and she was still listed as a beneficiary on the house insurance policy as well as John’s life insurance policy.
With the final divorce proceedings rapidly approaching, Michelle Lawrence hatched a plan that would eliminate her soon to be ex-husband and give her a nice little paycheck in the process. By having her husband killed, Michelle would collect his life insurance policy as the beneficiary.
Somewhere along the way she must have figured the life insurance windfall wasn’t quite enough and she could pad her bank account even further if their former marital home located on North Missouri Ave burned to the ground after he was shot to death.
Michelle Lawrence now has a whole plan dreamed up in that warped little head of hers but she needs someone to actually do the task for her. Enter Ryan Terrell Patterson, a co-worker of Michelle’s who had some prior convictions and a couple of guns in his possession. She also happens to be Michelle’s new boyfriend.
Michelle and Ryan took a week to come up with their overall plan to dispose of Michelle’s former husband and collect somewhere in the area of $400,000. Ryan’s cut would be $200,000 and the thought of easy money and making his new girlfriend happy gave him all the motivation he needed to take the life of another man.
A week may not seem like a long time to hatch such a grand scheme but these two disgusting human beings had to act quickly before the divorce proceedings were finalized and Michelle’s name was removed as a beneficiary on the insurance policies.
While Michelle went to the local Walmart to purchase bullets for Ryan’s gun, Ryan attempted to recruit an accomplice to help him with his crime. Originally he tried to convince a female co-worker to help him out for a cool $15,000 but when she refused, he recruited Samuel Ray Hughes.
The original plan was for Ryan and Samuel to go in through the garage door but when they found it locked, Ryan ordered Samuel to take on the role of lookout while he went around the back. Ryan allegedly kicked in the basement door, which must have led to the bedroom where Jamie and Derrick were sleeping in separate beds.
According to Samuel he ran around back to investigate around back when he heard gunshots. What he found was Ryan standing over Derrick with the gun in his hand. Samuel claims that he was told they were heading to the house to rob it and no mention of murder was ever stated. Whether this is the truth or just his way of minimizing his guilt in the triple homicide we’ll never know.
In the end, Samuel and Ryan fled the scene, leaving a gas can with $3 worth of gas in it behind that was intended to be used to burn down the Lawrence home.
As police questioned all the people involved in the case, things went from the whole home invasion angle to murder in rather short order. Police interviewed the female co-worker Ryan Patterson originally attempted to recruit as a lookout. She told police about Ryan’s recruitment efforts on October 26th and how he offered her cash to assist in “hitting a lick”, what she determined was either the act of robbing or killing a person. Like most normal people she refused the offer but Ryan asked her to think about it.
Police eventually questioned John’s ex-wife Michelle and her lover Ryan. Both lied to police saying they were together the whole time. As the questions continued to mount, their web of lies untangled as they always seem to do.
During a ride to the police station, Ryan was quite helpful, mentioning the plan that he had plotted to burn John Lawrence’s truck, that he had prior convictions and the he owned a .44 caliber gun, which was the same caliber weapon used to kill Jamie and Derrick Orman. When police began to administer a gunpowder residue test, Ryan admitted that he had fired off both .22 and .44 caliber weapons. Ryan, along with Michelle Lawrence and Samuel Hughes were charged with various offenses.
Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle was charged with prosecuting these three and soon found that two were willing to talk in exchange for some leniency on the charges. Samuel Hughes plead guilty to second-degree murder in December 2010 in exchange for his testimony against Ryan Patterson.
Samuel has consistently told anyone who would listen that he thought he was assisting in a home robbery and not to end John’s life. I don’t feel sorry for Samuel and I’m sure he’s headed for somewhere warm and toasty in his afterlife for his role in the death of three people.
Ryan’s girlfriend Michelle Lawrence was next to make her own deal, pleading guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit murder in June of 2011. Like Samuel she will be testifying against her former lover.
The alleged trigger man Ryan Terrell Patterson was charged with three counts of First-Degree Murder, three counts of Armed Criminal Action, and one count each of First-Degree Burglary and First-Degree Attempted Arson. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and his defense team is countering that the person who actually pulled the trigger was one of the prosecution’s star witnesses, Samuel Hughes.
Ryan Terrell Patterson’s trial began on August 1st, 2011 and Morley Swingle is seeking the death penalty for Ryan’s offenses. Here’s hoping that the jury of his peers review the evidence and find him guilty of killing three innocent people.
Swingle has stated that he will request the maximum sentence for both his witnesses, which means Samuel Hughes will face a 20 year sentence and Michelle may be locked up for 15 years. Under the truth in sentences guidelines, both would have to serve at least 85% of their sentence before eligible for parole.
Really? Michelle Lawrence, the mastermind behind this entire scheme could possibly be released 12 years and 9 months despite the fact that her plans resulted in the death of Jamie Orman, Derrick Orman and the unborn Joey Orman, who never took a single breath because of this sorry excuse for a human being.
Let’s keep in mind that she plotted to kill the father of her own children and burn down his house so her and her lover could live the high life. She told Ryan and Samuel the best way to break into the house and most likely gave them details of the layout so they could make quick work of John Lawrence. She bought the bullets used to kill three people. She even headed over to her dad’s house with Ryan so he could do a little practice shooting before the murders took place. Finally, when things were unraveling she lied to police to try and protect herself.
Apparently I’m not the only one who was outraged by the light sentence assigned to the conspiracy to commit murder charge that Michelle Lawrence has pleaded guilty. Jamie Orman’s sister and father approached legislators about increasing the maximum sentence from 15 years to 25 years. Unfortunately the Missouri state countered that there would be no changes to the sentencing and there were no weaknesses in the statute.
In the end, Michelle Lawrence started the ball rolling in a scheme that killed Jamie and her two sons, as well as destroying the lives of all those around her. For that I think she deserves a spot in hell when her time on this earth ends.
View Ryan Terrell Patterson’s “Request for Arrest Warrant” and “Affidavit of Probable Cause” – Click Here
View Samuel Ray Hughes’ “Request for Arrest Warrant” and “Affidavit of Probable Cause” – Click Here
View Michelle Renee Lawrence’s “Request for Arrest Warrant” and “Affidavit of Probable Cause” – Click Here
Editor’s Notes: There were major developments in this case after Christopher submitted it to us. On Thursday, August 4th, 2011, a jury found Ryan Terrell Patterson guilty on all three counts of First Degree Murder. Later that same day the same jury sentenced Patterson to Life Without Parole.
I’d like to note that after sentencing, Ryan Patterson was laughing and joking with his supporters in the courtroom. Tell me that the life sentence wasn’t what fatboy was hoping for. I would really like to ask the jury if they think a triple murderer who killed a pregnant mother of 3 and a 15-year old boy doesn’t deserve the death penalty, then who in the hell does?
The life sentence was especially galling for me because it went against the wishes of the Orman family. Jamie’s sister, Stephanie Howard said:
“We got some justice for the guilty verdict. But I wanted the death penalty because my sister and nephew are not here anymore. Why should he be here anymore?”
Kelly Hoffman, Jamie Orman’s other sister, seemed especially hurt by the jury’s decision to spare Ryan Patterson’s life. With tears in her eyes, she told reporters:
“I promised Jamie I would watch him take his last breath. Now I’m not going to be able to do that. He was shown mercy. My sister and Derrick were not shown mercy. It’s unfair.”
Derrick’s father, Bruce Orman, also was noticeably disappointed that Patterson did not get the death penalty:
“He took the breath and heartbeat of three individuals. He’s going to get to keep on enjoying life, even if it is in prison. He’s alive. They’re not. It’s not justice.”
Formal sentencing is now set for September 19th
The Pictures, From Top To Bottom, Are:
1. Ryan Terrell Patterson
2. Samuel Ray Hughes
3. Michelle Renee Lawrence
4. Jamie Lynn Orman
5. Derrick Orman
6. Police remove one of the victims from the crime scene
7. Jamie Orman’s sister, Stephanie Howard, and her husband Bryan
8. Jamie Orman’s two sisters, Stephanie Howard (left) and Kelly Hoffman (right)
9. Fatboy Patterson on his way to prison after sentencing
I’d also like to note that this is Christopher’s first story for PYSIH. He’s a good’un folks. He will be a regular contributor to the site, so let’s make him feel as welcome as we make every new writer feel. I’ve always believed that this website’s strength is twofold, our ability to draw some very bright, very passionate people who submit uncommonly intelligent comments every single day, and an uncanny knack to draw in some of the best amateur journalists out there. Chris is just another example of the latter…
Do Ryan Terrell Patterson, Samuel Ray Hughes And Michelle Renee Lawrence Deserve Hell?
- Yes, all three deserve Hell. (87%, 217 Votes)
- Only Ryan Terrell Patterson And Michelle Renee Lawrence deserve Hell. (13%, 32 Votes)
- No, none of them deserve Hell. (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 249
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