Suspect in three Calloway County deaths gets public defender

FULTON, Mo. | A 23-year-old mid-Missouri man accused of shooting three people to death in October will have a public defender.

Callaway County prosecutor Bob Sterner objected to appointing a public defender for 23-year-old Holts Summit resident Joshua Maylee on three counts of first-degree murder. The prosecutor pointed out in court Thursday that Maylee had spoken of having $60,000.

KOMU-TV reports that Judge Carol England concluded Maylee doesn't have that money, and that he could be facing capital charges — which are more expensive to defend.

Maylee is accused of killing Eugene and Jackie Pinet at their home and Jeffrey Werdehausen at his home, all in Callaway County, on Oct. 26.

The judge set Maylee's next court appearance for Jan. 28 and a preliminary hearing for Feb. 22.