Judge sets June date for Pamela Hupp murder trial

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis woman accused of fatally shooting a man to divert attention from the investigation of another killing will go to trial in June.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a judge on Friday set the trial date for Pamela Hupp of O’Fallon. She could face the death penalty if convicted.

Hupp has claimed she shot 33-year-old Louis Gumpenberger as he tried to kidnap her. Prosecutors say she staged events to make it look like a kidnapping attempt, but really killed Gumpenberger to divert attention during the re-investigation of Betsy Faria’s death in 2011.

Faria’s husband, Russ, was convicted in her death, but the conviction was overturned and he was acquitted in a retrial. Russ Faria and his lawyers have blamed Huff, who denied killing Betsy Faria.

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