Joshua Maylee appears before judge without lawyer

9:31 PM, Oct 29, 2010   |    comments
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Fulton, Mo. (KSDK) -- For the first time since his arrest, the 23-year-old suspect in the killing of three people in Callaway County, Missouri stood before a judge and faced the murder charges against him.

Joshua Maylee was led into a Callaway County courtroom by deputies at 1:30 Friday afternoon. A judge read him his charges, which include three counts of first degree murder. 

The proceedings didn't go much further once both the judge and Maylee realized he did not have legal representation. Apparently he had applied for a court appointed attorney, but was denied. 

Maylee told the judge, though, that he would re-apply, to which she scheduled a council status hearing for next month.

Also in court were weeping friends and relatives of one of the victims, 46-year-old Jeff Werdehausen. Police say he was killed late Tuesday, along with Eugene and Jackie Pinet.

Werdehausen's wife, Gina, was also shot but survived and is said to be doing well, according to a friend who went to court on her behalf.

The prosecuting attorney told NewsChannel 5 before court that he feels confident in the case against Maylee. "We don't file a charge unless we think we have probable cause to file. We've been involved in learning what the investigation was determining throughout, so that we file the charges we felt comfortable about it," said Robert Sterner, Callaway County prosecutor.

Maylee is scheduled to be back in court November 19th at 9 a.m.



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