Abel's murder suspects make appearance at preliminary hearing
Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:28:47 GMT —
Four witnesses gave testimony Monday morning at a preliminary hearing for two men charged in the murder of a Hannibal gas station clerk.
Gary Wiltermood's girlfriend Kristal Tressler, Hannibal Police Department officer John "Alex" Groty, detective Jacob Nacke and the Marion County corner Darrell McCoy all took the stand.
Tressler recounted details of the evening and the events that led up to the Oct. 8 shooting death of 61-year-old Adrienne Arnett.
Investigators said Wiltermood and Michael Studer planned to rob the gas station. Wiltermood later turned himself in to police and described how Studer gunned down Arnett.
Detective Nacke said during initial questioning, Studer denied shooting Arnett. Nacke said Studer denied ever handling the gun that was never recovered. Studer said that "Cowboy," a nickname for Wiltermood, made him do it, according to Nacke.
Arnett's daughter cried as the witnesses recalled the details of how they found her mother.
Both Groty and McCoy described the scene of the gas station when they arrived and how they discovered Arnett's body. Groty said Arnett's body was still warm when he tried to revive her.
Both men appeared in court with their respective attorneys. Sheriff's deputies donning bulletproof vests surrounded them in the courtroom packed with onlookers and members of theirs and the victim's families.
Wiltermood kept is head bowed during most of the testimony. Studer spoke sporadically with his attorney.
Marion County Circuit Judge John Jackson scheduled a Nov. 4 arraignment for Studer and a Nov. 18 arraignment for Wiltermood.