User Login    
 + Register
PDQ Cleaning
News : Missouri Woman Who Poisoned Family Could Face Two Juries
Posted by Randy on 2014/7/31 4:13:29 (420 reads) News by the same author

(news-leader.com) - A woman accused of poisoning her family — two members fatally — with antifreeze could have parts of her case heard by two different juries.
Click to see original Image in a new window

Diane Staudte, 52, appeared in court Tuesday with her attorney, Charles Moreland, who made a motion to have two murder charges severed from charges of assault and armed criminal action.

According to prosecutors, she killed her husband because "she hated him" and her son because he was "worse than a pest."

Citing state law, Moreland argued the charges could be separated because Staudte is not a prior offender, and the charges weren't presented as an alternative to murder. Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Todd Myers did not object.

In the motion filed last week, Moreland added that the state could try all the counts together if it was willing to waive the death penalty — something also spelled out in state law. Prosecutors have already said they intend to seek the death penalty.

If both cases move to trial, one jury would potentially be tasked with determining if Staudte was guilty of murder, while another would have the role of determining guilt on the other two charges.

Staudte's daughter, Rachel Staudte, is also facing four charges including murder, but prosecutors have not indicated they are seeking the death penalty.

Authorities say the two poisoned their family members by putting antifreeze in their drinks. Another daughter, Sarah Staudte, was hospitalized because of antifreeze poisoning, officials say.

Diane Staudte's husband, Mark, was the first to die in 2012. She told authorities her husband had been sick but refused to go to the hospital. Officials initially found no evidence of foul play.

Five months later, son Shaun Staudte was found dead. Police received an anonymous tip that Diane Staudte might have killed him. She again told officials he had been sick. After an autopsy was performed, his death was originally determined to be natural.

In June, another anonymous call to police urged them to investigate why Sarah Staudte suddenly became ill and why her brother and father had died.

Less than two weeks later, Diane and Rachel Staudte were each charged with two counts of murder and one count each of first-degree assault and armed criminal action.

Moreland, who is part of the state's capital defense team — employed when someone is facing the death penalty — argued several other motions on Tuesday, mostly involving how specific prosecutors must be in providing information before trial.

He did argue, successfully, that Diane Staudte be allowed to appear in her own clothing without visible shackles.

She appeared Tuesday in jail garb, but was allowed to have handcuffs removed after Judge Thomas Mountjoy allowed it.

A date for Diane Staudte's trial has not been set, but is likely to be more than a year from now, according to attorneys in the case. Rachel Staudte's jury trial is set for March.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2015/7/6 6:50:10 - Maysville Man Injured In Collision With Tractor
2015/7/6 6:42:33 - Eagleville Man Seriously Injured In Motorcycle Accident
2015/7/6 6:34:14 - Three Milan Residents Injured In Route Z Accident In Sullivan County
2015/7/6 5:48:52 - Putnam County Man Charged With Murder In Death Of Wife
2015/7/6 4:46:00 - Toddler, 3, Shoots Himself With Grandfather's Gun
2015/7/6 4:10:54 - Springfield Teacher Charged With Sexually Abusing Child In Foster Care
2015/7/6 4:06:51 - Police: Human Remains Found In Dunklin County Ditch
2015/7/6 4:01:51 - 5-Year-Old Girl Killed By Jumping Sturgeon
2015/7/6 3:58:13 - Murder Charges Filed Against Teen In Killing Of Elderly Couple Near St. Joseph
2015/7/4 12:40:10 - Princeton Woman Dies, 3 Injured During Early Morning Accident In Mercer County
2015/7/3 6:30:16 - Scammers Target Chillicothe Residents
2015/7/3 6:24:26 - Gallatin Woman Arrested On Multiple Charges After Injury Accident
2015/7/3 4:51:14 - Bridge South Of Gallatin Set To Close For 3 Weeks
2015/7/3 4:44:53 - Fireworks Go Off At Dark Tonight In Trenton
2015/7/3 4:28:38 - Miss Missouri Comes Home
2015/7/3 4:00:00 - Man's Obituary Simply Reads "Doug Died"
2015/7/3 4:00:00 - Police: Woman Dies In Boone County Courtroom
2015/7/3 3:59:53 - French Mother Gets 9 Years In Prison For Killing 8 Newborns
2015/7/2 8:58:03 - Wright Memorial Hospital Foundation Receives Grant From Union Pacific
2015/7/2 8:49:30 - Trenton Park Board Meets
2015/7/2 8:45:38 - Tri-County Board Of Education Approves Budget
2015/7/2 6:35:02 - Teen Receives Serious Injuries, Demolishes Vehicle In Accident Near Green City
2015/7/2 4:43:49 - Macon Officials Dedicate Solar Farm
2015/7/2 4:38:49 - Police: Missouri Man Kills Self During Standoff
2015/7/2 4:29:07 - Missouri Public Service Commission Rejects Plan For Multistate Wind Power
2015/7/2 4:12:53 - Police: Bomb Found In Car During Springfield Traffic Stop
2015/7/2 4:09:03 - New Law In Effect Allows Kansans To Carry Concealed Weapons Without Permit
2015/7/2 4:03:37 - School Charges Mother $77,000 For Access To Emails Involving Son
2015/7/1 7:36:28 - Chillicothe Man Injured When Pool Carries Him Out Of Pickup
2015/7/1 6:37:47 - Clerk Accused Of Shooting Teen Allegedly Over Theft Of Cookies



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM