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Amy Hartley

Amy Hartley

Benton County, Mo. — Anthony J. Balbirnie’s sometime girlfriend Amy L. Hartley, 37, of Buffalo, Mo., has been arrested and charged in the case of the death of 15-year-old Khighla Parks of Willard, Mo. The charges, which do not include murder, were made public today although she was originally named in an arrest warrant issued on Oct. 17.
Balbirnie, who earlier was charged with second degree murder and five other charges relating to Park’s death resulting from asphyxiation sex, had been scheduled to go to trial for corpse abandonment last week. The trial was cancelled, and the expanded case, developed by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, was initiated. Hartley was listed on the Balbirnie warrant as a co-defendant and a witness for the prosecution. So was Larry L. Warner, who was initially picked up as a person of interest last year and has not yet been publically charged.
Hartley is charged with 2nd degree statutory sodomy, 1st degree endangering the welfare of a child, keeping or maintaining a public nuisance, tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution, and abandonment of a corpse — all felonies
Prior to her arrest Hartley had told investigators who worked up the probable cause statement for the initial corpse abandonment charge against Balbirnie that she was present when Balbirnie wrapped Park’s body up and put it in the trunk of his vehicle.
Hartley is being held on $75,000 cash only bond. No court dates are being released in the case, and all probable cause documents have been sealed.
To view the criminal complaint and request for warrant, click IncidentStatement20131028_17262905

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