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Maylee makes court appearance in triple-homicide

Friday, October 29, 2010 | 6:49 p.m. CDT; updated 12:41 p.m. CDT, Thursday, May 19, 2011
Joshua Maylee, 23, stands before Judge Carol England at the Callaway County Courthouse in Fulton on Friday prior to his arraignment on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree assault. Maylee was sought in connection to the deaths of Jeffrey Werdehausen, 46; Allen Pinet, 48; and Jackie Pinet, 57, as well as the shooting of Gina Werdehausen, 41.

*The name has been changed. An earlier version of the story listed an incorrect name for Eugene Pinet.

FULTON — Joshua William Maylee arrived at the Callaway County Courthouse in handcuffs and ankle shackles, a day after he was captured in relation to a triple homicide in Callaway County.

Maylee is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of *Eugene and Jackie Pinet and Jeff Werdehausen in Holts Summit.

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Maylee, 23, is also charged with one count of first-degree assault for "attempting to kill or cause serious physical injury" to Jeff Werdehausen's wife, Gina Werdehausen, according to a statement of probable cause filed Friday in Callaway County Circuit Court.

As Judge Carol England read the charges, Maylee simply responded, "Yes ma'am," to acknowledge he understood.

Court documents said that police ballistics had matched shell casings from the crime scene to casings found in the Rocky Mount home of Lacy Scheulen, Maylee's girlfriend. The documents said that Maylee had been staying with Scheulen.

In a news conference Friday morning, Sgt. Robert Bruchsaler of the Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad said Maylee "acted alone," but he declined to speculate on motive.

"I don't know why he did what he did," Bruchsaler said.

The Major Case Squad was expected to conclude its role in the case on Friday, he said.

Members of the Werdehausen family attended the court proceedings.

"It made my blood boil to see him standing there like that," said Sharon More, Werdehausen's sister.

Shanna Wyatt, Werdehausen's niece, said that the entire ordeal has been a shock but that she forced herself to remain composed in the courtroom.

"I wanted to scream out, but I knew I'd get in trouble," she said.

Wyatt said it helped to see Maylee in person to "know that he's not after any more of my family members."

Maylee had applied for a public defender but was denied. Another council status hearing is set for 9 a.m. on Nov. 19 to ensure that he has a lawyer.

The confusion about representation appears to be related to the charges, which, until Friday were for two counts of felony theft filed Oct. 4 and Wednesday — the day authorities found the victims.

Authorities think the victims were killed on Tuesday, and Bruchsaler said autopsies were expected to be completed later Friday. 

Maylee, whose home address is listed as Holts Summit, is linked to the Werdehausen and Pinet families, according to court documents.

Maylee was last seen by his grandfather, William Maylee, according to the probable cause statement. Joshua Maylee left his grandfather's Callaway County home about 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday to return to his girlfriend's home, the statement said. Scheulen said he did not return as scheduled and she hadn't heard from him since 8:30 that evening.

According to the Oct. 27 probable cause statement for one of the theft charges, Maylee stole a mower in Kingdom City in October 2009 and drove it to the Pinet home. The mower was valued at $10,000.

In the Oct. 4 statement, Maylee confessed to stealing a tractor in March 2009 and later selling it for $2,500 in Ashland.

In addition to his connection to the Pinets, Maylee had previous contact with the Werdehausens. Gina Werdehausen told police her husband had received threats from Maylee, according to a statement by Callaway County Sheriff's Officer Bob Smith included with the murder probable cause statement.

Smith indicated in the statement that the ammunition used in this week's crimes was "not a commonly-used type." The assault rifle 6.8 millimeter special purpose cartridge ammunition has only been commercially available since 2007, Smith said.

Maylee is being held at the Callaway County Jail. He was arrested on Thursday in Cooper County after a manhunt that included a lockdown at University Hospital, where Gina Werdehausen is in good condition.

Bruchsaler said the investigation is ongoing for Maylee's weapons and his grandfather's vehicle, which William Maylee gave Joshua to use on Tuesday night, as police are "actively pursuing 14 leads" out of 98 total leads as of Friday. 

"We have a lot more work to do in this case," he said.


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