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Man charged in death of wife files motions

Thursday, February 12, 2009 | 1:00 p.m. CST

VERSAILLES — An attorney for a central Missouri man accused of killing his wife has waived a formal arraignment and filed for a change of venue.

Michael Shane Yarnell is charged with second-degree murder, two counts of voluntary manslaughter and one count of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michelle "Angie" Yarnell, who was 28 when she disappeared in 2003.

Yarnell was arrested in November in Biloxi, Miss., after disappearing in 2005.

Public defender James L. Wilson filed the motions Wednesday as 39-year-old Yarnell did not attend the arraignment hearing.

Morgan County Sheriff James Petty says Yarnell told police his wife died after the couple fought and he pushed her off a 10-foot-high deck at their Ivy Bend home. He says her remains were taken to an uninhabited island off the Osage River.

 


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