A Clay County judge has denied a bond reduction for a Northland man accused in the slaying death of his wife who has been missing for more than a year.
Shon Andrew Pernice, 37, was indicted two weeks ago by a Clay County grand jury with first-degree murder even though authorities have not found the body of wife, Renee M. Pernice, 35.
Pernice is being held on a $1 million. His attorney, Eric Vernon, said Pernice has complied with the requirements set while being on electronic monitoring. However, authorities have said Pernice is a significant flight risk. Investigators said when they arrested Pernice several weeks ago, he was preparing to move to a duplex in Liberty.
Vernon said he was disappointed with the Judge Shane Alexander’s ruling.
Investigators have said Shon Pernice was the last person known to have seen her. Renee Pernice had begun divorce proceedings when she vanished. Authorities have said that Pernice has told conflicting stories about the day he last saw his wife.
Vernon also has asked for a change of venue because of substantial media coverage and that his client would not be able to receive a fair trial. That matter was not addressed on Thursday and would be taken up during a later hearing, Vernon said.
Pernice, a former Independence firefighter, was charged last year with felony theft after allegedly stealing a neighbor’s handgun. Authorities said the gun charge was not related to the disappearance.
Pernice also was charged last year with disturbing the peace after he allegedly stood in front of a neighbor’s house and threatened him. Vernon and attorney Kevin Baldwin are representing Pernice in those cases. Alexander has granted a change of venue in those cases and ordered that a jury in Greene County be brought to Liberty.