A hearing on motions to suppress evidence and statements in the Douglas J. Howery murder case has been moved to Jan. 28.

 


A hearing on motions to suppress evidence and statements in the Douglas J. Howery murder case has been moved to Jan. 28.
Howery, 57, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Betty Ann Howery.
She was 44 when she disappeared on Feb. 20, 1992, from the couple’s farm near Annada in Pike County.
The investigation was put back on the front burner after human bones were found at the farm in October 2008. Howery was arrested in May 2009.
St. Louis County Circuit Judge James R. Hartenbach has been appointed to oversee the case.
Hartenbach earlier granted a request to lower Howery’s bond to $300,000 from $1 million. He also tentatively ordered Howery’s trial to be moved to Audrain County.
If convicted, Howery could get the death penalty or be sentenced to life in prison. On Monday, he was in the Pike County Jail at Bowling Green.