James Addie went before 10th Circuit Associate Judge Michael Wilson to have his charges formally read.

The man accused of murdering his fiancé days before their wedding was arraigned in Monroe County Associate Circuit Court on Tuesday, May 1. James Addie, 51, faces charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 35-year-old Molly Watson of Huntsville. Watson’ body was found April 27 near a creek in rural Monroe County.

It’s not clear exactly how she died.

Addie went before 10th Circuit Associate Judge Michael Wilson to have his charges formally read. Also at the arraignment, Addie asked for a public defender. He is now being represented by public defender Austin Smith, over the objections of prosecution. The case will go to a preliminary hearing on June 12 in Monroe County.

Addie remains in the Monroe County Jail with a bond of $500,000 cash.

Court documents allege Addie and Watson had been dating for years, even though Addie was already married. It is not believed that Watson knew about Addie’s wife.

Addie and Watson planned a wedding for April 28 in Columbia, Mo. Addie allegedly told investigators he had gotten himself into a situation he shouldn’t have. A preliminary hearing will decide if there’s probable cause to move the case to circuit court.