abandonment of corpse, armed criminal action, attorney, death penalty, domestic assault, hearing Aug. 29, Howell County Jail, Howell County MO, Judge Truman Wiles, Kenneth Leiser, murder, Probable Cause, prosecution, public defender, set preliminary hearing, Terri Wright, Walter Stewart, West Plains MO, without bond
UPDATE: A criminal setting hearing for Walter Stewart has been postponed until 9 a.m. Sept. 6 on a defense motion.
West Plains, Mo. — The 63-year-old man accused of stabbing his live-in girlfriend to death, dismembering her and hiding her body parts at the West Plains trailer park where they lived will appear before Judge Truman Wiles at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug 29, to set a date for a preliminary hearing.
Walter L. Stewart is being held in the Howell County Jail without bond after being charged with murder one, two counts of armed criminal action, first degree domestic assault and abandonment of a corpse.
The victim, Terri Jean Wright, 35, who was reported missing on Aug. 9, was found with her body parts cut up and disposed of in the area of the trailer park where she lived with Stewart.
To view the probable cause document for this case, click HERE.
Stewart is being defended by Kenneth J. Leiser of Ballwin, Mo., who is a public defender who is not reported death penalty qualified. The prosecution has not yet discussed this possibility.