Alton, Mo. — In an Oregon County Court arraignment procedure lasting approximately ten minutes, Guy E. Varnell Monday morning waived his formal arraignment rights, in the presence of his attorney, special public defender Linda McKinney. This procedure was conducted in the courtroom of the Associate Judge Harvey S. Allen, filling in for Judge David Paul Evans of the 37th District Circuit Court of Missouri.
Varnell is accused of two felony counts, to which he pled not guilty. He is bound over for trial at the Howell County Courthouse in West Plains — June 18, 2012 at 1 p.m. — on a change of venue from Oregon County. He currently remains in the Oregon County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.
Varnell is charged with a Class A Felony, murder in the 1st Degree, on or about Feb. 26, 2012 in the alleged murder of Narda E. Pranke at her home east of Alton. In the probable cause statement, it is alleged Varnell bludgeoned Pranke to death with a rock after an argument, striking her multiple times. He later dismembered her body in an attempt to hamper its detection, according to the probable cause statement.
Varnell is charged additionally with a Class C Felony for allegedly stealing a firearm from the victim’s property a couple of days after the alleged murder.
To view the Probable Cause statement for this case, click HERE.
— Jim Peebles
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