Samuel Borntreger appears in court at Bethany on murder charge

Borntreger to have preliminary hearing

An Amish man, accused of poisoning his wife almost ten years ago, appeared yesterday in Harrison County Circuit Court at Bethany.

Circuit Court Judge Terry Tschannen of the ninth judicial circuit (Sullivan, Linn, and Chariton counties) was assigned by the Missouri Supreme Court to preside in the murder case.

The charges claim Samuel Borntreger, after deliberation, gave his wife anti-freeze and battery acid knowingly causing her death late in 2006 in Harrison County.

Forty year-old Borntreger, who was living in Summer Shade, Kentucky when arrested in January, waived arraignment in Division One of Harrison County Circuit Court. He’s facing charges of first degree murder related to the death of Anna Yoder Borntreger.

While media reports in February indicated authorities were investigating whether to also seek charges alleging child abuse and sexual misconduct, KTTN could find no public record, or indication, that any additional charges were filed.

Borntreger waived a preliminary hearing on the murder charge back on March 30th in associate division of Harrison County Circuit Court.

Borntreger remains in custody in lieu of 250 thousand dollars bond pending another appearance in court that is expected to be on June 21.

Online court information indicates Harrison County Prosecutor Cristine Stallings is being assisted by representative Julie Tolle of the Missouri Attorney Generals’ office. Borntreger is represented by the public defender’s office at Chillicothe.