Brian Shields and Michelle Voorhees, facing charges of capital murder in the death of Cristy Wiles, appeared Tuesday in court for status.
The charges stem from a Jan. 25 house fire at 221 N. Lafayette in Chanute; Wiles’ body was found in the rubble Feb. 6.
Voorhees was arrested Feb. 14. Shields was arrested in St. Joseph, Mo., in mid-April after a high speed chase.
Both Shields’ and Voorhees’ cases were set for further status 11:30 a.m. July 30 in Erie. Neosho County attorney Linus Thuston said he believed they would be able to schedule Shields’ preliminary hearings at that status hearing. Shields is facing a separate charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, a severity level 2 drug felony.
Voorhees was also set for status on July 30. Voorhees’ attorney, Jay Witt, said discussions with Montgomery County have slowed the case. Thuston said he could not comment on the issue with Montgomery County. A call to the Montgomery County Clerk’s office revealed Voorhees has no pending charges there.