Judge Denies Venue Change in Carthage Murder

4 years 6 months 2 weeks ago Friday, May 02 2014 May 2, 2014 Friday, May 02, 2014 10:27:00 AM CDT May 02, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

CARTHAGE (AP) - A southwest Missouri judge has denied a request to move a trial in the death of an elderly Carthage man.

However, Jasper County Circuit Judge David Dally this week granted a motion for a change of judge for one of two defendants in the death of 87-year-old Raymond Ritchhart. He was found beaten and stabbed in his home in December 2013.

Dally ruled that Jasper County Judge David Mouton will hear the court proceedings for 27-year-old Kelli Benefiel. The Carthage Press reports Dally denied a defense request to move her trial out of Jasper County.

Her husband, 48-year-old Brian Benefiel, will have his preliminary hearing May 14 before Judge Richard Copeland.

Investigators say Ritchhart was killed during a burglary, when the suspects allegedly were trying to steal prescription drugs.

 

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