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Michael Amick

Michael Amick

Alton, Mo. — Judge Don Henry has approved murder/arson suspect Michael Amick’s, request for a change of venue,
His case is being transferred to Butler County; the courthouse there is in Poplar Bluff.
Judge Henry, however has rejected Amick’s request for a reduction of bond, which remains at $1 million cash/corporate surety. According to court records, other pending motions are passed and will be heard by the judge assigned to hear the case.
No judge has yet been named, nor has a hearing date been set.
Amick remains in the Oregon County Jail, where he has been an inmate since late July.
Included in the court’s transmittal to Butler County was a board bill from the Oregon County Sheriff’s Dept., 7-24-15 through 10-26-15 – 95 days at $40.00 per day — to be assessed upon plea of guilt or finding of guilt.
Howell County Associate Court Judge Henry, assigned to the case in July, took no action in August when Amick’s attorney Steven Lynxwiler of Poplar Bluff did not appear. Amick reportedly told the court that Lynxwiler had withdrawn from his case.
Most recently Amick has been represented by Carrie Gerischer, a criminal defense attorney from Rolla, Mo.
Amick was convicted of murdering his wife’s grandmother and setting his mother-in-law’s house on fire in Myrtle, Mo., in December 2008. Then in August 2011 a jury reduced his charges from first degree murder and arson to second degree charges. He was sentenced to life in prison plus seven years to run concurrently.
His conviction was overturned this June by the Missouri Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ruled that the state law which prohibits an alternate being placed once jury deliberations have begun had been violated and agreed to return the case to Oregon County.
Update:
36th Judicial Circuit Presiding Judge Michael Martin Pritchett has been named as judge for the Amick case. He has scheduled a trial setting for 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22. Attorney Carrie Gerischer has withdrawn from he case. She has been replaced by Attorney Adam Darrell Woody of Springfield.

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