Suspect in Springfield couple's murder denied bond

3 years 8 months 2 weeks ago Friday, September 05 2014 Sep 5, 2014 Friday, September 05, 2014 2:29:49 PM CDT September 05, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A suspect in the deaths of a Springfield couple will undergo a mental examination but will stay in the Greene County jail with no bond.

Mark Porter, of Ozark, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the May deaths of Jan and Gary Tyrrell in their home.

At a hearing Friday, Porter's attorney, Dee Wampler, asked Associate Circuit Judge Mark Powell to set a bond so Porter could get out of jail until his trial. Powell denied that motion but he agreed to a request that Porter receive a mental examination.

KYTV reports a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Oct. 22.

Prosecutors say Porter and the couple were longtime friends but Gary Tyrrell had refused to loan Porter $250,000 shortly before he was killed.

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