Suspect in Springfield couple's murder denied bond
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.